Use of herbal dietary supplement Si-Wu-Tang and health-related quality of life in postpartum women: A population-based correlational study

Pei Jen Chang, Ching Chun Lin, Yi Chun Chen, Chao Hua Chuang, Yu Ching Tseng, Wu Shiun Hsieh, Shio Jean Lin, Pau Chung Chen

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Objective. The aim of the study was to explore the association between women's use of herbal dietary supplement Si-Wu-Tang during the postpartum period and their health-related quality of life. Methods. This is a population-based correlational study. We used multistage, stratified, systematic sampling to recruit 24,200 pairs of postpartum women and newborns from the Taiwan National Birth Registry in 2005. A structured questionnaire was successfully administered to 87.8% of the sampled population. Trained interviewers performed home interviews 6 months after the women's deliveries between June 2005 and July 2006. The Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form (SF-36) was used to measure the quality of life of the women along with the frequency of Si-Wu-Tang use. Results. Si-Wu-Tang use after delivery improved women's score for bodily pain and also improved their score for mental health when used more than 10 times. In addition, there were increases in general health and vitality scores in the group who continuously used Si-Wu-Tang more than 10 times after using Sheng-Hua-Tang. Conclusion. Use of Si-Wu-Tang after delivery may be associated with women's health-related quality of life especially for those who previously used Sheng-Hua-Tang. These results are exploratory and need to be replicated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number790474
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume2013
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Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Dietary Supplements
Postpartum Period
Quality of Life
Population
Interviews
Women's Health
Taiwan
Registries
Mental Health
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
si-wu-tang
Parturition
Newborn Infant
Pain
Health
Sheng-Hua-Tang

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Use of herbal dietary supplement Si-Wu-Tang and health-related quality of life in postpartum women : A population-based correlational study. / Chang, Pei Jen; Lin, Ching Chun; Chen, Yi Chun; Chuang, Chao Hua; Tseng, Yu Ching; Hsieh, Wu Shiun; Lin, Shio Jean; Chen, Pau Chung.

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Chang, Pei Jen ; Lin, Ching Chun ; Chen, Yi Chun ; Chuang, Chao Hua ; Tseng, Yu Ching ; Hsieh, Wu Shiun ; Lin, Shio Jean ; Chen, Pau Chung. / Use of herbal dietary supplement Si-Wu-Tang and health-related quality of life in postpartum women : A population-based correlational study. In: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 2013.
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