Discussion in 'BioMedical ME/CFS Research' started by Dolphin, Jun 16, 2020.
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To those like me who had no idea what Gwibitang was, I just looked it up and it is a herbal formula used in traditional Korean medicine.
Unfortunately the list of ingredients I found in a couple of academic papers meant nothing to me so I will not share links I found.
I see they accepted trials with subjective outcome measures. And the trials were described as randomised and controlled, but no mention in the abstract of being blinded. If not blinded, then they are all as useless as the CBT/GET trials.
When you have super high quality evidence.
Could be ghosts. Could be cosmic wizards. Could be we are all dead and this is hell.
If only there were some sort of process by which we can tell reliably whether something could be or not be. One that does not involve narratives and inventing entirely new words and meanings anyway.
Has a number of the usual components of tonics against fatigue
And there could be something in that mix that is actually helping.
Angelica gigas, - giant angelica
Dimocarpus longan, - longan, a tropical fruit
Zizyphus jujuba Miller (seed and fruit), - jujube in the buckthorn family
Polygala tenuifolia, - yuan chi, a milkwort
Panax ginseng, - Asian ginseng
Astragalus membranaceus, - astralagus
Atractylodes ovata, - atractylodes, a type of daisy
Poria cocos, - Poria fungus
Inula helenium, - Elecapane, a type of daisy
Glycyrrhiza glabra, - Licorice root
Zingiber officinale - ginger
But it's impossible to know with unblinded studies. (I haven't seen an English version of the paper and I can't read Korean, but I'm willing to bet that among the studies included, there are some sponsored by companies selling Guibitang.)
Licorice raises blood pressure so it could be enough to reduce POTS
Wow, it'd help if they isolated it down to one of those extracts. It's impossible to say what would be the relevant bioactive compound from that long list!
Panax ginseng, - Asian ginseng overstimulated my nervous system many years. I was jittery for 6 weeks until I realized it was the herb. Gave me insomnia too. I can't imagine all those herbs combined as beneficial for an already overactive nervous system.
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