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Back Pain:

Herbal Medicine for Low Back Pain: A Cochrane Review

"Harpagophytum procumbens, Salix alba, and Capsicum frutescens seem to reduce pain more than placebo."



Medicinal plants with potential antidiabetic activity - A review of ten years of herbal medicine research

"Many studies have confirmed the benefits of medicinal plants with hypoglycaemic effects in the management of diabetes mellitus. The effects of these plants may delay the development of diabetic complications and correct the metabolic abnormalities. Moreover, during the past few years some of the new bioactive drugs isolated from hypoglycaemic plants showed antidiabetic activity with more efficacy than oral hypoglycaemic agents used in clinical therapy."



Herbal remedies for anxiety – a systematic review of controlled clinical trials

"kava has been shown beyond reasonable doubt to have anxiolytic (anxiety treatment) effects in humans."


Liver Disease:

Herbal medicine in the treatment of liver diseases

"a number of herbals show promising activity including silymarin for antifibrotic treatment, phyllantus amarus in chronic hepatitis B, glycyrrhizin to treat chronic viral hepatitis"


Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Chinese Herbal Medicine

"Chinese herbal formulations appear to offer improvement in symptoms for some patients with IBS."



St John's Wort for Depression

"suggest that St John's wort is more effective than placebo in the treatment of mild to moderate depression"



Chinese herbal medicine for atopic eczema

"a Chinese herbal mixture, Zemaphyte, can improve erythema (redness), surface damage to the skin, sleep disturbance and itching."


Nausea and Vomiting:

Efficacy of ginger for nausea and vomiting: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials.

"One study was found for each of the following conditions: seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy-induced nausea. These studies collectively favoured ginger over placebo."