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Table 2 The top 10 individual Chinese herbs prescribed for osteoarthritis in Taiwan during 2002 (total prescription numbers = 32,050)

From: Chinese herbal prescriptions for osteoarthritis in Taiwan: analysis of national health insurance dataset

Chinese single herb (Chinese name)    Generic name Number of prescriptions Percentage
Du-zhong Eucommia ulmoides 5,005 15.6%
Xu-duan Dipsacus asper 4,419 13.8%
Niu-xi Achyranthes bidentata 3,763 11.7%
Mu-gua Chaenomeles lagenaria 3,240 10.1%
Dan-sen Salvia miltiorrhiza 3,115 9.7%
Ji-xue-teng Spatholobus suberectus Dunn 2,721 8.5%
Yan-hu-suo Corydalis yanhusuo 2,494 7.8%
Wei-ling-xian Clematis chinensis Osbeck 2,354 7.3%
Ru-xiang Boswellia carterii Birdw. 1,715 5.4%
Mo-yao Commiphoramyrrha Engl. 1,674 5.2%
Gu-sui-pu Drynaria fortune (Kunze) J. Sm. 1,569 4.9%