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Harpgophytum procumbens for osteoarthritis and low back pain: A systematic review

Author(s): Gagnier Joel | Chrubasik Sigrun | Manheimer Eric

Journal: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
ISSN 1472-6882

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Abstract Background The objective of this review is to determine the effectiveness of Harpagophytum procumbens preparations in the treatment of various forms of musculoskeletal pain. Methods Several databases and other sources were searched to identify randomized controlled trials, quasi-randomized controlled trials, and controlled clinical trials testing Harpagophytum preparations in adults suffering from pain due to osteoarthritis or low back pain. Results Given the clinical heterogeneity and insufficient data for statistical pooling, trials were described in a narrative way, taking into consideration methodological quality scores. Twelve trials were included with six investigating osteoarthritis (two were identical trials), four low back pain, and three mixed-pain conditions. Conclusions There is limited evidence for an ethanolic Harpagophytum extract containing less than
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