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Archive for the 'Devil’s Claw' Category

Herbals for arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Ms. Meenakshi Khatta is a nurse practitioner and associate professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Nurse Khatta has reviewed the use of CAM to treat pain due to musculoskeletal conditions.

Here are her findings on herbal supplements used to treat fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. (more…)

CAM and diabetes: An update of recent studies

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The World Health Organization has predicted a 39% rise in the worldwide prevalence of diabetes by 2030. And an article in The Lancet indicates this might be an underestimation.

Since November is Diabetes Month, here’s a round-up of CAM options for people with diabetes from 2006 through March 2007.

Two herbals compare favorably to Vioxx to treat low back pain

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Merck, the pharmaceutical company, announced a voluntary worldwide withdrawal of Vioxx (rofecoxib) in 2004. It was effective for relieving signs and symptoms of arthritis, acute pain in adults, and painful menstrual cycles. But the risk of heart attack or stroke related to Vioxx was high enough to cause Merck to stop selling the drug.

Now, a review of the literature suggests that Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil’s claw) and Salix alba (White willow bark) are as effective.


Limits of long-term narcotic use to treat back pain and CAM options

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Narcotic drugs (opioids) are commonly prescribed for short-term relief of chronic back pain, but their long-term (greater than 16 weeks) effectiveness has never been proved.

Also, opioid abuse occurs in 24% of cases.

What’s this got to do with CAM?


Herbals worth considering to treat low back pain

Monday, January 8th, 2007

The Cochrane Collaboration has evaluated the effectiveness of herbal medicines for the treatment of low back pain.

Here’s what they found.

Herbals that provide some pain relief

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Here is a list of herbal medicines with documented effectiveness as pain relievers. The source of this information summarizes the dose, route of administration, conditions treated, and safety information.