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Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo Control Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Astragalus Membranaceus in the Patients After Stroke With Fatigue

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified March 2012 by China Medical University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
China Medical University Hospital Identifier:
First received: March 7, 2012
Last updated: March 13, 2012
Last verified: March 2012

The high levels of fatigue in stroke patients without neurological impairment suggest it has a central origin rather than being the result of increased physical effort required after stroke(Winward et al., 2009). Fatigue is different from post-stroke depression and the more serious stroke patients are more prone to fatigue(Windward et al., 2009).

Fatigue is one of the symptoms of qi deficiency,and Astragalus membranaceus is the most effective of all traditional Chinese medicine and can tonifying middle and tonify the original qi. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of Astragalus membranaceus on post-stroke fatigue.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Chinese Herb Astragalus membranaceus
Other: Placebo
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by China Medical University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • EORTC QLQ-C30 [ Time Frame: 2 year(all patients) ]
  • BFI-T score [ Time Frame: 2 years(all patients) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • SF-36 score [ Time Frame: 2 years(all patients) ]

Estimated Enrollment: 90
Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Chinese Herb Astragalus membranaceus Drug: Chinese Herb Astragalus membranaceus
Astragalus membranaceus(AM)at a rate of 2.8g three times per day
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Other: Placebo
at a rate of 2.8g three times per day


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Gender: Male or female.
  2. Age: between 40 and 80 years old.
  3. Three months after stroke.
  4. Hemorrhagic stroke or ischemic stroke.
  5. Fatigue score from screen process ≧4.
  6. Subject with comprehension or communication.
  7. Volunteer signs the agreement to participate the study after whole study purpose and procedures description in detail.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. People from mental illness can not to participate the evaluation.
  2. Major diseases such as cancer、Chronic pulmonary obstructive disease(COPD)、 Heart failure、Myocardial Infraction、Chronic renal failure or Liver cirrhosis.
  3. Pregnant woman.
  4. Breast-feeding woman.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01554787

Contact: Chung Hsiang Liu, MD. 886-4-22052121 ext 7635

China Medical University Hospital Recruiting
Taichung, Taiwan
Contact: Chung Hsiang Liu, MD.         
Principal Investigator: Chung Hsiang Liu, MD.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
China Medical University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Chung Hsiang Liu, MD. China Medical University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: China Medical University Hospital Identifier: NCT01554787     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DMR100-IRB-251
Study First Received: March 7, 2012
Last Updated: March 13, 2012

Keywords provided by China Medical University Hospital:
After stroke with fatigue

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
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