Inhibitory effect of Phlai capsules on skin test responses among allergic rhinitis patients: a randomized, three-way crossover study.

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Inhibitory effect of Phlai capsules on skin test responses among allergic rhinitis patients: a randomized, three-way crossover study.

J Integr Med. 2017 Nov;15(6):462-468

Authors: Tanticharoenwiwat P, Kulalert P, Dechatiwongse Na Ayudhya T, Koontongkaew S, Jiratchariyakul W, Soawakontha R, Booncong P, Poachanukoon O

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Zingiber cassumunar Roxb., commonly known as Phlai in Thai, has been used as a traditional medicine in Thailand for the treatment of various diseases, including inflammation and chronic airway disease.
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the antihistaminic effect of Phlai on skin testing.
DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND INTERVENTION: This was a randomized, open-label, three-way crossover study. Twenty allergic rhinitis (AR) patients were enrolled. In randomized sequence, patients received a single dose of Phlai capsules (100 or 200 mg) or loratadine (10 mg) with a washout period of 1 week between each treatment.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Skin prick testing for histamine and common aeroallergen (house dust mite) were performed before treatment and after 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24 hours of treatment. The main treatment outcomes were the mean wheal and flare responses to the skin prick test after treatment.
RESULTS: Both 100 mg and 200 mg Phlai doses suppressed wheal and flare responses to house dust mite allergen, but only 200 mg of Phlai capsules significantly suppressed wheal and flare responses to histamine. Repeated measures analysis of variance showed that loratadine caused more wheal and flare suppression than Phlai capsules in responses to the histamine skin prick test. However, there were no significant differences among the effects of 100 mg Phlai capsules, 200 mg Phlai capsules and loratadine in suppression of wheal and flare induced by the mite skin prick test. Both doses of Phlai were well-tolerated with no adverse events.
CONCLUSION: Both 100 mg (compound D 4 mg) and 200 mg (compound D 8 mg) Phlai capsules, when taken as a single therapeutic dose, inhibited skin reactivity to histamine and mite skin prick tests in AR patients.
TRIAL REGISTRATION: Thai clinical trial registry (TCTR20160510001).

PMID: 29103416 [PubMed – in process]

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