Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) is 1 of the most common diseases in orthopedics, which seriously affects people’s daily life and brings a heavy burden on society and families. Chinese herbal medicine has been used in clinical practice for a long time and Duhuo Jisheng Decoction (DHJSD) is believed to help alleviate the symptoms of LDH. This systematic review aims to collect evidences from randomized clinical trials and evaluate the efficacy of DHJSD on LDH in order to provide a reference for clinicians and researchers.
We will comprehensively search the 8 electronic databases until December 2019 to identify related randomized controlled trials, including 4 foreign databases (PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library) and 4 Chinese databases (China National Knowledge Infrastructure Database, VIP Database, Wanfang Database and China Biology Medicine disc). The data of the World Health Organization International Clinical Trial Registry Platform and the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry also will be searched. The primary outcomes are Japanese Orthopaedic Association scores and visual analog scale scores. The risk of bias will be assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration tool. RevMan (V.5.3) software will be used for meta-analysis.
This study will report the results of DHJSD for the treatment of LDH from the literature screening, the basic information of the included studies, the risk of bias of the included studies, treatment effects, safety, and so on.
This systematic review will evaluate the effectiveness and safety of DHJSD for the treatment of LDH and provide the latest evidence for its clinical application.
This is a literature-based study, therefore it does not require ethical approval.