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Chinese herbs (alternative medicine) for treatment of Common Cold in Adults with cold

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    Bottom Line

  • Treatment with Chinese herbal preparations. 8 studies conducted, with 1,511 adults. Unclear effectiveness due to high risk of bias and inconsistent findings. Unclear safety.



Do not use this treatment:

There is no clear evidence that it is effective in treating cold symptoms. Unclear side effects.

About Chinese herbs (alternative medicine)

Chinese herbs

  • Target Population:

    Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    Varies with herbal preparation

  • Goal:

    Treatment of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Needs more testing
  • 8 Clinical Studies
  • 1,511 Adults Tested
  • Unclear
  • Benefits:

    Unclear impact, more research is needed. Current studies are at high risk of bias and show no consistent benefits.

  • Unclear safety
  • Risks:

    No side effects were reported, but there is high risk of bias.

Common Cold Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.

  • Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

Brand Names

Chinese herbs (alternative medicine)

  • Banlangen Chongji
  • Biaoshi Ganmao Chongji
  • Chaige Qingre granule
  • Fufang Shuanghua granule
  • Ganmao Qinre Koufuye
  • Gegen Cenlianwei Wan
  • Huanghu Jiere Daipaoji
  • Jianer Qinjie Ye
  • Kangbingdu Koufuye
  • Qingyin injection
  • Qinkailing injection
  • Qinre Jiedu Koufuye
  • Qinwen Keli granule
  • Sanhan Jiere Koufuye
  • Shiqi Ganmao Daipaoji
  • Shuanghua Penhuji
  • Sufeng Ganmao Koufuye
  • Xiaoer Reganning
  • Yinqiao Jiedupian
  • Yiqing Shuangjie tablet

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Chinese herbology is the theory of traditional Chinese herbal therapy, which accounts for the majority of treatments in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The term herbology is misleading in the sense that, while plant elements are by far the most commonly used substances, animal, human, and mineral products are also utilized. (source)
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