Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1992 Aug; 12(8): 455-7, 451.
[Analysis of the treatment with traditional Chinese medicine in chronic glomerulonephritis based on histopathologic type]
Long Hua Hospital, Shanghai College of TCM.
The histopathologic type of 189 cases of chronic glomerulonephritis (GN) were confirmed by renal biopsies, they were subdivided into 3 groups. 77 patients of Western medicine (WM) group was treated by conventional WM (prednison or CTX), and after treatment the total effective rate was 55.8%. The TCM-WM group was treated by the same WM plus treatment according to Syndrome Differentiation with Chinese medicinal herbs, and the total effective rate was 86% in 50 patients. The TCM group was treated by Chinese medicinal herbs, and the total effective rate was 67.3% in 62 cases. There was very significant difference (P < 0.01) between the WM and the TCM-WM group. Among the patients of TCM-WM and TCM groups, 67% of 112 cases were manifested as Dampness-Heat Syndrome, so it suggested that one of the important method for GN treatment is clearing away Dampness-Heat. The effects of TCM-WM group is much better than the WM group in treating mesangio-proliferative GN and membranous GN. It was difficult for WM in treating IgA nephropathy, membrano-proliferative GN and focal glomerulosclerosis, but Chinese medicinal herbs were effective with replenishing Qi and strengthening the Spleen, clearing away Dampness-Heat, promoting blood circulation and relieving Stasis, etc.