Herbal medicines for the treatment of osteoarthritis: a systematic review

Long, L. , Soeken, K. and Ernst, E. (2001) Herbal medicines for the treatment of osteoarthritis: a systematic review. Rheumatology, 40(7), pp. 779-793. (doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/40.7.779) (PMID:11477283)

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Objective: Limitations in the conventional medical management of osteoarthritis indicate a real need for safe and effective treatment of osteoarthritis patients. Herbal medicines may provide a solution to this problem. The aim of this article was to review systematically all randomized controlled trials on the effectiveness of herbal medicines in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Methods: Computerized literature searches were carried out on five electronic databases. Trial data were extracted in a standardized, predefined manner and assessed independently. Results: Twelve trials and two systematic reviews fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The authors found promising evidence for the effective use of some herbal preparations in the treatment of osteoarthritis. In addition, evidence suggesting that some herbal preparations reduce consumption of non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs was found. The reviewed herbal medicines appear relatively safe. Conclusions: Some herbal medicines may offer a much‐needed alternative for patients with osteoarthritis.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Long, Dr Linda
Authors: Long, L., Soeken, K., and Ernst, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Rheumatology
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1462-0332
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