Investigation On Traditional Chinese Medicine For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome From A Nationwide Prescription Database In Taiwan | 101434
Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy
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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition affecting 5-10% of women of
reproductive age worldwide. It has serious reproductive implications, mood disorders
and metabolic disorder such as type 2 diabetes. As PCOS reflecting multiple abnormalities,
there is no single drug that can treat all the symptoms. Existing pharmaceutical agents such
as oral contraceptive (OC) is suggested as first-line therapy for menstrual irregularities,
but OC is not appropriate for women pursuing pregnancy. Additionally, insulin sensitizing
agents appear to reduce insulin levels and hyperandrogenemia in women with PCOS,
have been associated with the high incidence of gastrointestinal adverse effects. It is
common in Chinese society to receive TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) for treating
gynecological problems and infertility. Current research demonstrates that several herbs
and herbal formula have shown bene?cial effects for PCOS. In this study, we made the
first large-scale survey through Taiwan National Health Insurance Program database
(NHIRD) to analyze TCM utilization patterns among women with PCOS in Taiwan in
1997-2010. The result revealed 89.22% women with newly diagnosed PCOS had received
TCM therapy. Jia-Wei- Xiao-Yao- San and Xiang-Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi) were the most
commonly used formula and most commonly used single herb in our database. In addition,
we found the top five commonly prescribed single herbs and herbal formula have shown
possibility in treating symptoms associated with PCOS.
Wan-Ting Liao is an occupational Physician major in Herbalism. She has completed her PhD from China Medical University. After finished several researches of PCOS and the relationship of PCOS and diabetes in her Master’s degree in China Medical University, she is now admitted to Institute of Medicine of Chung Shan Medical University for her PhD program.