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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2010, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (10): 906-910.doi: 10.3736/jcim20101001

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Placebo control and clinical trial of Chinese medicine

J Wu   

  1. Department of Gastroenterology, Jiangsu Province Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210029, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Received:2010-04-08 Accepted:2010-06-23 Online:2010-10-20 Published:2010-10-15

World Health Organization aims to develop safe, effective and practical traditional medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and other complementary and alternative medicine are being recognized in the whole world nowadays. However, the definite effect of Chinese medicine is still in need of scientific research proof. Placebo control is of equal importance to active control and blank control in clinical trial of TCM. This article briefly reviewed the importance of placebo control and commented on its present situation in clinical trial of TCM. This article also brought up the preliminary proposals of placebo application in TCM clinical trial. We should emphasize scientific placebo preparation and good design of placebo-controlled trial, which are directed by International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use. A good clinical trial project will avoid unnecessary wastes and provide safe and effective treatment for people.

Key words: Clinical trials, Placebos, Drugs, Chinese herbal

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