Category Archive: Complementary/Alternative

Dec 05

Milk thistle for chronic hepatitis B

Rambaldi et al. Cochrane database Syst Rev 2007 Oct 17(4):CD003620
Milk thistle products cannot be recommended for chronic hepatitis B. Only limited research evidence of unclear/poor quality exists.

Aug 08

Does co-enzyme Q10 reduce statin-related muscle pain?

Banach et al. Mayo Clin Proc 2015 Jan;90(1):24-34.
The effect of CoQ10 on muscle pain in people on statin therapy is uncertain with the evidence limited and inconsistent. CoQ10 cannot be recommended as a matter of routine supplementation to prevent muscle pain in people taking statins.

Jul 10

Pelargonium sidoides extract (Kaloba (R)) for the common cold

Timmer et al. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 10. Art. No .: CD006323.
There exists only very-low quality evidence of the effect of Pelargonium sidoides extract on the common cold.

Mar 13

Yoghurt to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in children

Fox MJ, et al. BMJ Open 2015;5(1): e006474
Probiotic yoghurt appears to reduce the incidence of diarrhoea in children receiving antibiotics in general practice settings.

Nov 07

St John’s wort for minor depression

Rapaport MH, et al. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2011; 45(7): 931-941
St John’s wort is probably ineffective for minor depression.

Sep 05

Does caffeine help with migraines?

Derry et al. Cochrane Database of Syst Rev 2012, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD009281
Oral caffeine as a single dose may have a modest effect on acute pain when used as an adjuvant to oral analgesia.

Jul 11

Echinacea and the common cold in children

Taylor JA, et al. JAMA 2003; 290(21): 2824-30
Echinacea does not appear to be an effective treatment for the common cold in children.

Jul 12

Does zinc reduce the symptoms of the common cold?

Science M, Johnstone J, Roth DE, Guyatt G, Loeb M. CMAJ 2012; 184(10): E551-E561
Oral zinc reduces the duration of cold symptoms in adults, but at the cost of side-effects.

May 24

Is yoghurt helpful for antibiotic-associated diarrhoea?

Conway S, Hart A, Clark A, Harvey I. BJGP 2007; 57(545): 953-959
Yoghurt eaters in this study might have suffered less antibiotic-associated diarrhoea as compared to those who ate no yoghurt.

Nov 23

Is glucosamine effective for osteoarthritis pain?

Wandel S, J√ľni P, Tendal B, et al. BMJ 2010; 341: c4675
Glucosamine does not appear to be effective for knee or hip osteoarthritis pain.

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