Sixty patients with respiratory infection (mainly nosocomial pneumonia) were treated either by injection of baical compound or piperacillin sodium (IV). The total efficacy was evaluated after treatment for 1 week.
• Total effective treatment rates were 73.3% for baical compared with 76.7% in the antibiotic treatment group.
• Body temperature was decreased similarly and symptoms disappeared or were relieved in 11.67 ± 6.75 days with the herb and 11.53 ± 7.30 days with the antibiotic.
• In the piperacillin sodium group, fungal infections occurred in 4 of 30 patients, but there were none in the baical treatment group (Lu 1990).
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