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Call for more participants in groundbreaking herbal medicine trial

Victoria University is calling for participants in a trial of a Chinese herbal medicine that could provide an alternative method of treatment for the symptoms of Osteoarthritis (OA).

The clinical trial - a joint project by VU, Monash University and Nucleus Network - will investigate the effectiveness of a Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of symptoms of OA of the knee. 

This is the first high quality, rigorous scientific Australian study into the herbal medicine treatment of OA guided by the theory of traditional Chinese medicine.

OA is a common disorder of the joints and has become a major cause of disability (including limitation of activity), particularly in elderly patients. Treatment also places increasing pressure on health services.

"With an ageing population, this is of real concern. Currently there is no known cure for OA,'' VU Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) Dr Kylie O'Brien said.

"It has been treated with traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years but as with many forms of traditional medicine much of the evidence relating to effectiveness is based on clinical experience, rather than on scientific studies.

"Western medications used to treat the symptoms of OA may be associated with undesirable side effects.''

The trial is more than halfway progressed, but a further 20 participants are needed to complete it.

The study is taking place at the Centre for Clinical Studies (Nucleus Network) at Prahran. Volunteer participants must be over 18 years of age and must be diagnosed with OA of the knee.

For more information contact the Centre for Clinical Studies on 1800 243 733 or email [email protected]


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Daniel Clarke, Media Officer, VU Marketing and Communications Department

Ph: 9919 9491 or 0407 771 072

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