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The Chinese herbal formula Wen Dan Tang (WDT) may be helpful for people with schizophrenia, according to a Cochrane Database systematic review by Chinese authors who analysed 15 randomised trials involving 1437 participants. The results showed that WDT may have some beneficial effects on short-term global outcomes and mental state in people with schizophrenia, compared to placebo or no treatment. WDT was found to be non-inferior to antipsychotic drugs (such as chlorpromazine or risperidone) for global outcomes and mental state, and was associated with fewer side-effects. When WDT was combined with a low dose of antipsychotic medication, positive effects on global and mental state were found, and side effects were reduced.

Wendan decoction (Traditional Chinese medicine) for schizophrenia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jun 28;6:CD012217.


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