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Pharm Biol. 2017 Dec;55(1):258-263.

Clinical efficacy of Yingliu mixture combined with metimazole for treating diffuse goitre with hyperthyroidism and its impact on related cytokines.

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a Department of Endocrinology , Affiliated Longhua Hospital of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine , Shanghai , China.

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Yingliu mixture was developed in 1990s by Affiliated Longhua Hospital of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, for treating diffuse goitre with hyperthyroidism (Graves' disease, GD). Former studies have shown Yingliu mixture combined with methimazole (Y-M) can effectively improve thyroid function and decrease thyrotropin-receptor antibody level. Furthermore, we researched its impact on related cytokines to prove that Y-M improve patients' immunity status.

OBJECTIVE:

To observe the clinical efficacy of Y-M for treating GD.

METHODS:

A total of 120 GD patients were randomly divided into two groups, the treatment and the control groups (n = 60). The treatment group's patients were treated with Y-M. The control group's patients were treated with methimazole alone. Yingliu mixture was orally administered, 25 mL three times daily. Methimazole was administered at 5-25 mg/day. After 12 weeks of the treatment, the cytokines, antibodies related to thyroid function, and Chinese medical syndromes were evaluated.

RESULTS:

After the treatment, the free triiodothyronine and thyroxine levels in both groups decreased. The thyroid-stimulating hormone level increased in the treatment group. The thyrotropin-receptor antibody levels and TNF-α levels decreased in both groups. In the control group, IL-6 and IFN-γ levels were lower than that before the treatment. In the treatment group, CD4+ and CD25+ levels were higher than pretreatment levels, but IL-10 levels were reduced.

CLINICAL SYMPTOMS:

the total CMS scores for both groups decreased.

CONCLUSIONS:

The Y-M combination can improve thyroid function, and decrease autoantibodies, cytokines, and clinical symptoms, so its efficacy may surpass that of methimazole alone.

KEYWORDS:

Graves’ disease; cytokines; traditional Chinese medicine

PMID:
27927064
PMCID:
PMC6130729
DOI:
10.1080/13880209.2016.1260595
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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