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Altern Ther Health Med. 2019 Jul;25(4):46-53.

Multicenter, Prospective, Controlled Double-Blind Study Comparing Fib-19-01, A Phytotherapy Treatment, To A Dietary Supplement And To Conventional Care In Patients Suffering From Fibromyalgia.



Current therapeutic modalities for fibromyalgia (FM) do not provide satisfactory results and new approaches have to be explored.


To assess efficacy and safety of adding a phytotherapy treatment (Fib-19-01) to the current therapeutic regimen in patients with FM.


Double-blind controlled trial: women with active FM (Fibromyalgia Index Questionnaire FIQ > 40) were randomised to receive Fib-19-01 or a food supplement (FS) undistinguishable from Fib-19-01 or no supplementary treatment (NoST). All continued the conventional therapy throughout the 6 month follow-up. Primary endpoint: change in FIQ between Day 0 and month 6 (M6). Secondary Criteria: variation over time FIQ ( repeated measurements), change in Pichot fatigue scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), SF-12 and Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HAD) scales.


100 patients (Intent-To-Treat population) were analyzed. FIQ decreased significantly only in the Fib-19-01 group (P < .001) at both week 12 and 24. Improvement was higher for Fib-19-01 (-13.4 ± 18.9) than in the 2 other groups (-5.5 ± 15.6 and -5.6 ± 11.3) despite there was no statistical between-group difference at week 24 in FIQ score (P = .08 and P = .09 respectively). Analysis of variance in repeated measurements of FIQ showed a significant difference between Fib-19-01 and FS throughout the follow-up period (P = .03). Fib-19-01 was superior to both FS and NoST for Pichot scale decrease over time: -4.6 (range -6.9; -2.28), -0.29 (-2.7; 2.1) and -0.72 (-3.1; 1.66) (P = .013 and 0.023 respectively), mental and social SF12 [+8.1 (range 3.5; 12.6), -0.27(range -5.3; 4.8 ) and -0.02 (range -5.0; 4.9 ) P = .02 and 0.018)],HAD depression [-2.0 (range -3.3; -0.7), +0.5 (range -0.9; 1.9 ) and +0.71 (range -0.7; 2.1) P = .013 and 0.007]. No significant difference was found between FS and NoST groups for any outcome. All treatments were well and similarly tolerated.


In patients with FM taking conventional therapy, Fib-19-01 has a therapeutic effect on fatigue, emotion and social life, and depression associated with the disease.

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