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    Antiwei to treat influenza

    Antiwei is a traditional Chinese prescription used to treat influenza.

    Researchers at Sichuan University, in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China report it is effective and well tolerated.

    First, the details.

    • 480 adults were recruited for the study within 36 hours of onset of influenza-like symptoms.
    • 225 patients had confirmed influenza.
    • Eligible patients were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 3 days.
      • 6 grams of Antiwei twice daily
      • Placebo
    • All patients recorded their temperature and symptoms on diary cards during treatment.
    • Analyses were performed in both the influenza-like population and the influenza-confirmed population.
    • Neither the patients nor researchers knew the treatment given — double blind.

    And, the results.

    • Antiwei treatment was associated with increased recovery by 17% in both the influenza-like and the influenza-confirmed populations compared to placebo — a significant difference
    • Antiwei was also associated with a 50% reduction in severity of illness in both the influenza-like and the influenza-confirmed populations compared to placebo — a significant difference.
    • The influenza-confirmed patients reported significant reductions in the severity of fever, cough, and expectoration after 1 day of treatment with Antiwei compared to placebo.
    • Side effects were similar for Antiwei and placebo.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Antiwei was effective and well tolerated in treatment of natural influenza infection in adults. Antiwei represents a clinically valuable intervention in the management of influenza.”

    I believe Antiwei contains a combination of Chinese herbs.

    A PubMed search revealed no other studies of Antiwei.

    9/23/10 18:47 JR

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