The Orchid Study is currently OPEN and inviting women to join until July 2013.
This study involves using Chinese herbal medicines for symptoms and problems experienced by women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This study has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a government research organisation and is led by a team of GPs and researchers from the University of Southampton.
The purpose of this website is to provide patients, healthcare providers and associated organisations with further information about the Orchid study, and to allow those interested to join the study.
An Overview of the Orchid Study
As part of this study, eligible women with PCOS will be entitled to a 6-month course of Chinese herbal medicine treatment, including consultations with an experienced and registered herbalist and all Chinese herbs free of charge. This course of treatment would normally cost £800-1000.
We are looking to see if the herbs have an effect or not on a range of symptoms including:
- Delayed or absent periods
- Painful and heavy periods
- Excessive hair growth
- Problems controlling weight
- Depression and anxiety