Research: ERNST and CHRUBASIK

Listed in Issue 53

Abstract

ERNST and CHRUBASIK, Department of Complementary Medicine, School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom. E.Ernst@ex.ac.uk review (58 references) the literature regarding herbal treatments for rheumatic symptoms.

Background

Methodology

The authors conducted a systematic review of randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trials.

Results

19 studies met the inclusion criteria. These were heterogeneous with respect to remedies tested, patients treated and trial methodology applied. Most of the studies suggested that herbal remedies have symptomatic effects beyond placebo.

Conclusion

Phyto-anti-inflammatories have considerable, albeit under-researched potential for the symptomatic treatment of rheumatic disorders.

References

Ernst E and Chrubasik S. Phyto-anti-inflammatories. A systematic review of randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trials. Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America 26(1): 13-27. Feb 2000.

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