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Herbal Medicines Shown Effective for Acute Episodes of Chronic Low-Back Pain in the Short Term (4-6 Weeks)

A new systematic review found that the herbal preparations devil’s claw, white willow bark and cayenne plasters may be as effective as pain medication for short-term low back pain and are better than placebo. The review of 10 randomized controlled trials involved nearly 1600 adults. Gagnier JJ, van Tulder M, Berman B, Bombardier C. Herbal medicine for low back pain (review). The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006 Apr 19;(2):CD004504.



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