Chinese herbal medicine for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials

@article{Su2013ChineseHM,
  title={Chinese herbal medicine for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials},
  author={Chunxiang Su and L.‐J. Yan and George Lewith and J-P Liu},
  journal={Clinical Otolaryngology},
  year={2013},
  volume={38},
  pages={455 - 473}
}
Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss has great impact on quality of life. Many clinical trials using Chinese herbal medicine for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss have been conducted and reported beneficial results. However, there is no critical appraised evidence on efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss to inform clinical use. 

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