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Trial from ANZCTR

A naturalistic, observational study of Western herbal medicine practice in self-reported anxiety and depression

  • Recruitment status at the time of last update
  • What is the status of the ethics application?
    Ethics status: Approved
  • Prospective – trial registered prior to recruitment of first participant.

    Retrospective – trial registered after recruitment of first participant.
    Prospectively registered
  • Has the trial been updated in the last 12 months?
    Not up to date
    (Last updated: 13/12/2016)
  • Ethics status: Approved
    What is the status of the ethics application?
  • Not up to date
    Has the trial been updated in the last 6 months?
Key trial Information

Trial ID


Date registered

12 January 2016

Health condition

Depression, Anxiety

Recruitment countries


Recruitment site location(s) (State)


Recruitment status


Anticipated date of first participant enrolment

01 March 2016

Ethics application status


Brief summary

The project is a naturalistic observational study of individualised Western herbal medicine in a naturopathic practice setting. This project will explore the effectiveness of individualised herbal medicine prescriptions in self-reported anxiety and depressions, using a whole practice framework. This approach will not only help to evaluate total herbal medicine practice as it is practised – rather than evaluate individual herbal medicines in specific conditions in a manner which does not reflect practice – but will also help to develop research capacity on the herbal practitioner community, who will be involved in the study.


Key inclusion criteria

Patient inclusion criteria consists of any adults (aged 18-70)
presenting with either self-reported depressed mood and/or anxiety (ongoing for more than two weeks) as their primary complaint and reason for seeking treatment (although they may have other co-morbid health issues as well). Participants will already be already due to receive individualised herbal medicine as their treatment regardless of their participation in this study.

Minimum age

18 Years

Maximum age

70 Years


Both males and females

Key exclusion criteria

1) Outside the age range
2) Not competent in English reading, writing, and speaking

Contact details and further information

Primary Sponsor

Type: University
Name: University of Technology Sydney
Address: 15 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW 2007
Country: Australia

Contact person for information and recruitment

Dr Jon Wardle
Faculty of Health, University of Technology, 235-253 Jones St, Ultimo NSW 2007
+61 2 9514 4813