Table 1

Evaluation criteria on the efficacy of categorical blood pressure recommended by GCRNDTCM

Three graded criteriaDetailed descriptionClassification
Significant improvement
  1. DBP decreased by 10 mm Hg and reached the normal range

  2. DBP did not return to normal but decreased by >20 mm Hg

Effective
Improvement
  1. DBP decreased by <10 mm Hg but reached the normal range

  2. DBP decreased by 10–19 mm Hg but did not reach the normal range

  3. SBP decreased by >30 mm Hg

Effective
No improvementNot reaching the above standardsIneffective
  • DBP, diastolic blood pressure; GCRNDTCM, Guidelines of Clinical Research of New Drugs of Traditional Chinese Medicine; SBP, systolic blood pressure.