How effective is Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in alleviating endometriosis-related pain and infertility?
There are only very limited data available from 2 small trials comparing the same CHM interventions with 2 conventional treatments for endometriosis (danazol and gestrinone). Both trials are of poor methodological quality so these findings must be interpreted cautiously. More rigorous research is required to accurately assess the potential role of CHM as a stand-alone medical option or as a post-surgical adjuvant in treating endometriosis.
Endometriosis is characterised by the presence of tissue that is morphologically and biologically similar to normal endometrium, in locations outside the uterus. Surgical and hormonal treatment of endometriosis has unpleasant side effects and high rates of relapse. In China, treatment of endometriosis using CHM is routine.