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Chinese herbal medicine can reduce the risk of stroke in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to a large study carried out in Taiwan. The authors retrospectively analysed a cohort of 1,000,000 records from Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database over a 14 year period, and identified 1882 patients with new-onset PD. They matched 290 patients who received CHM with 290 patients who did not use CHM as controls. Both cohorts were followed for another two years for the incidence of new-onset stroke. PD patients receiving CHM treatment had a decreased risk of stroke compared with those not receiving CHM. Dan Shen (Radix Salviae) was the most common single herb and Ma Zi Ren Wan (Hemp Seed Pills) was the most common herbal formula prescribed.

Chinese herbal medicine reduced the risk of stroke in patients with Parkinson's disease: A population-based retrospective cohort study from Taiwan. PLoS One. 2018 Sep 7;13(9):e0203473.

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