Herbal Medicine for Low Back Pain: A Cochrane Review.

Gagnier, Joel J.;  van Tulder, Maurits W.;  Berman, Brian;  Bombardier, Claire. 

The purpose of this review was to determine the effectiveness of herbal medicine compared with placebo, no intervention, or "standard/accepted/conventional treatments" for nonspecific low back pain.  Ten trials were included in this review and the authors concluded that Harpagophytum procumbens, Salix alba, and Capsicum frutescens seem to reduce pain more than placebo. Additional trials testing these herbal medicines against standard treatments will clarify their equivalence in terms of efficacy.

Spine.    32(1):82-92, January 1, 2007.

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Neck Pain

Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden.

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