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Table 1 Arthritic score

From: Traditional Chinese medicine formula Bi-Qi capsule alleviates rheumatoid arthritis-induced inflammation, synovial hyperplasia, and cartilage destruction in rats

Group (n = 8) Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Healthy 0 0 0 0 0
Arthritic 4.38 ± 0.35 4.50 ± 0.53 4.44 ± 0.32 4.38 ± 0.44 4.25 ± 0.27
BQ high dose 4.44 ± 0.42 4.56 ± 0.42 4.25 ± 0.46 4.13 ± 0.44 3.69 ± 0.37***
BQ moderate dose 4.50 ± 0.46 4.38 ± 0.35 4.19 ± 0.53 3.94 ± 0.32 3.31 ± 0.26****, &
MTX 4.44 ± 0.42 4.44 ± 0.32 4.31 ± 0.26 4.06 ± 0.56 3.63 ± 0.35***
  1. Data are presented as mean ± SD
  2. BQ Bi-Qi capsule, MTX methotrexate
  3. Significant effect of treatment compared to arthritic group, ***P < 0.001, ****P < 0.0001; compared to BQ high-dose and MTX groups, &P < 0.05