Novel medical bathing with traditional Chinese herb formula alleviates paraplegia spasticity

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  • Xin Liu MD,

    Physician
    1. Department of Spinal Cord Injury, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Chinese PLA, General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
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  • Qingxi Meng MD,

    Physician
    1. Department of Spinal Cord Injury, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Chinese PLA, General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
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  • Dapeng Yu MD,

    Physician
    1. Department of Spinal Cord Injury, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Chinese PLA, General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
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  • Xiwu Zhao MD,

    Physician
    1. Department of Spinal Cord Injury, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Chinese PLA, General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
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  • Tingbao Zhao MD

    Director, Corresponding author
    1. Department of Spinal Cord Injury, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Chinese PLA, General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
    • Correspondence: Tingbao Zhao, Institute of Traumatic Orthopaedics, Jinan PLA General Hospital, Jinan, Shan Dong Province 250100, China. Email: liuxin20120507@yahoo.cn

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  • Conflict of interests: The authors declare no conflict of interests.

Abstract

Paraplegia spasm is a kind of chronic disease which lacks effective treatment; the patients have to endure long-term pain, which is a tough problem for nursing practice. Lots of potential candidate medicines are under investigation, and a new Chinese herb formula is introduced in the current study. In the present study, we chose six different well-known Chinese herbs to form a formula, and boiled them into the water with an optimized ratio to make bath water; 80 paraplegic patients received this medicinal bath, and 80 patients received perfume water bath as placebo group. Compared with placebo control patients, the herb-treated patients have significant reduction in paraplegia spasm, visual analogue scale score, clinician global impression and sleep disorder. This novel six-combined formula traditional medicine could be beneficial for alleviating paraplegia spasm, but the underlying action mechanism deserves further study.

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