Chinese Herbal Formula Shown To Have Beneficial Effects On Angina

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A Chinese herbal formula consisting of four separate herbs is shown to be highly effective when used to treat coronary artery disease, according to a new literature study published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal.

Researchers in Beijing undertook an extensive review of existing literature, highlighting the positive effects of the formula when taken by those suffering from angina. The team analysed 19 randomized, controlled trials (RCTs), all of which took place in China and involved 1730 patients with angina pectoris.

The formula, known as the Gua lou xie bai ban xia (GLXBBX) decoction, was administered to patients ranging from 35 to 90 years, with duration of treatment lasting from 2 to 6 weeks. Participants in all studies were given one dose twice a day. Every study noted an improvement in ECG results and reductions in angina symptoms for those involved.

From reviewing the studies, researchers found that patients receiving the formula “alone or combined with conventional drugs could significantly improve RAS, ECG, the blood lipid level, and frequency of angina attack.”

The group concludes that while this consolidated data indicates a definite positive result for the formula, future studies and trials are needed to ascertain the specific benefits of this herbal decoction.

While this suggests more evidence is required to prove the exact efficacy of GLXBBX, we use this formula frequently in the clinic with great results. We administer this to patients dealing with decreased blood flow to the heart who experience anxiety, insomnia and a “foggy head” as symptoms of their heart condition.  Unlike common pharmaceuticals typically prescribed for these conditions, this herbal blend expresses little to no harmful side effects, and we find our patients respond very well to this treatment.

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