Prescription pattern of Chinese herbal products for adult-onset asthma in Taiwan: a population-based study

Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2014 May;112(5):465-70. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2014.02.012. Epub 2014 Mar 19.


Background: Throughout the world, asthma can be a life-threatening disease. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is commonly used among Taiwanese adults to control many diseases.

Objective: To analyze the use of Chinese herbal products (CHPs) among adults with asthma in Taiwan.

Methods: The use, frequency of service, and the type of CHP prescribed for asthma among adults with asthma were evaluated. The study group consisted of a randomly sampled cohort of 1,000,000 beneficiaries from the National Health Insurance Research Database. Logistic regression was used to estimate the odds ratios (ORs) for use of CHP.

Results: Overall, 20,627 asthma patients (85.7%) used TCM. Ding-chuan-tang (panting-stabilizing decoction) was the most frequently prescribed CHP, followed by xiao-qing-long-tang (minor green-blue dragon decoction) and ma-xing-gan-shi-tang (ephedra, apricot kernel, licorice, and gypsum decoction).

Conclusion: The use of CHPs among adults with asthma appears high. Ding-chuan-tang containing ma-huang is the most commonly prescribed and consumed among adults with asthma.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asthma / drug therapy*
  • Drug Prescriptions / statistics & numerical data*
  • Drug Utilization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / adverse effects
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / adverse effects*
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Taiwan
  • Young Adult


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal
  • Mao-to
  • Plant Extracts
  • dingchuan tang
  • maxingshigan
  • sho-seiryu-to