Systematic reviews of herbal medicines - An annotated bibliography

K. Linde, G. Ter Riet, Maria Hondras, A. Vickers, R. Saller, Dieter Melchart*

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Resumé

Objective: To provide a comprehensive collection and a summary of systematic reviews of clinical trials on herbal medicines. Methods: Potentially relevant reviews were searched through the register of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, the Cochrane Library, Medline, and bibliographies of articles and books. To be included articles had to review prospective clinical trials of herbal medicines; had to describe review methods explicitly; had to be published; and had to focus on treatment effects. Information on conditions, interventions, methods, results and conclusions was extracted using a pretested form and summarized descriptively. Results: From a total of 79 potentially relevant reviews preselected in the screening process 58 met the inclusion criteria. 30 of the reports reviewed ginkgo (for dementia, intermittent claudication, tinnitus, and macular degeneration), hypericum (for depression) or garlic preparations (for cardiovascular risk factors and lower limb atherosclerosis). The quality of primary studies was criticized in the majority of the reviews. Most reviews judged the available evidence as promising but definitive conclusions were rarely possible. Conclusions: Systematic reviews are available on a broad range of herbal preparations prescribed for defined conditions. There is very little evidence on the effectiveness of herbalism as practiced by specialist herbalists who combine herbs and use unconventional diagnosis.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftForschende Komplementaermedizin
Vol/bind10
Udgave nummerSUPPL. 1
Sider (fra-til)17-27
Antal sider11
ISSN1424-7364
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 3. jul. 2003
Udgivet eksterntJa

Fingeraftryk

Herbal Medicine
Clinical Trials
Hypericum
Ginkgo biloba
Intermittent Claudication
Garlic
Macular Degeneration
Libraries
Depression

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Linde, K., Ter Riet, G., Hondras, M., Vickers, A., Saller, R., & Melchart, D. (2003). Systematic reviews of herbal medicines - An annotated bibliography. Forschende Komplementaermedizin, 10(SUPPL. 1), 17-27. https://doi.org/10.1159/000071688
Linde, K. ; Ter Riet, G. ; Hondras, Maria ; Vickers, A. ; Saller, R. ; Melchart, Dieter. / Systematic reviews of herbal medicines - An annotated bibliography. I: Forschende Komplementaermedizin. 2003 ; Bind 10, Nr. SUPPL. 1. s. 17-27.
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Linde K, Ter Riet G, Hondras M, Vickers A, Saller R, Melchart D. Systematic reviews of herbal medicines - An annotated bibliography. Forschende Komplementaermedizin. 2003 jul 3;10(SUPPL. 1):17-27. https://doi.org/10.1159/000071688