Interesting. Small study though, only 15 people in each group.
After eight weeks of treatment, all negative and positive symptoms besides hostility and somatic concern exhibited a significant improvement in the CE group (P <0.05). In contrast, the CE placebo group displayed no substantial improvement in the cases of the positive, negative and general symptoms (P>0.05) regarding cognitive impairment, after eight weeks of treatment, all symptoms were greatly improved in the CE group (P<0.05), while the effect of the placebo on the patients cognitive impairment remained mostly stationary (P>0.05). Consequently, after eight weeks after the intervention, we can determine that the CE treatment has been noticeably more effective at improving positive, negative and cognitive symptoms of patients with schizophrenia.
Important to note that both groups received risperidone along with the Cuscuta epithymum or a placebo of the Cuscuta epithymum.
can we find the mechanism of action?
“The results of the study conducted by Forouzanfar et al in 2018 showed that the hydroalcoholic extract of CE has a possible effect on the GABAergic system”