A Chinese herbal remedy NeuroAid (by Moleac), which is widely marketed* to improve stroke recovery failed to show it was any more useful than a placebo in a large,three month multi-center clinical trial. This double-blind, placebo-controlled trial randomized 1100 patients with a National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score 6 to 14, within 72 hours of onset, to trial medications for 3 months. Half were randomly assigned to get NeuroAiD and the other half to a dummy medication. Neither the patients nor the doctors knew which pills each participant was taking.
For three months, all the patients took 12 capsules a day.
The results demonstrated the herbal medicine did not help stroke survivors recover their function.
The results of this trial were reported recently in Stroke.
More facts on NeuroAid:
NeuroAid is a blend of extracts from plants, leeches, beetles, scorpions and antelope horn.
*Moleac’s CEO David Picard reported to Reuters that NeuroAiD is sold in at least 25 countries, and 20,000 people have taken it.
NeuroAid is currently not available through U.S.-based vendors, although consumers can buy it online. A three month regimen costs about $1,500.
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