Index to Chiropractic Literature
Index to Chiropractic Literature
My ICL     Sign In
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Index to Chiropractic LiteratureIndex to Chiropractic LiteratureIndex to Chiropractic Literature

For best results switch to Advanced Search.
Article Detail
Return to Search Results
ID 16288
  Title Effect of a topical herbal cream on osteoarthritis of the hand and knee: a pilot study
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2003 Jun;26(5):ONLINE ACCESS ONLY5P
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of an herbal ointment to a sham ointment for relieving pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis of the hand and knee.

METHOD: Single-blind, randomized controlled clinical trial conducted in 3 chiropractic medicine practices. Subjects were solicited from patients attending the 3 centers. Selection of subjects with osteoarthritis of the hand or knee was based on the criteria developed by the American College of Rheumatology. Subjects were randomized to an active (n = 17) or a sham (n = 19) group. Subjects applied the herbal ointment to the affected joint(s) for 42 consecutive days and recorded level of pain and stiffness daily on visual analog scales.

RESULTS: Thirty subjects completed the study (15 active and 15 sham). Significant differences in pain (P = 0.003) and stiffness (P = 0.0008) were found between the first 21 days of application and the last 21 days of application for the experimental group but not for the sham group. Gain scores between the experimental and sham groups were significant for pain (P = 0.026) and stiffness (P = 0.042).

CONCLUSION: An herbal ointment showed significant improvement in pain and stiffness for patients with hand and knee osteoarthritis who applied the ointment to the affected joint(s) for 42 consecutive days.

Click on the above link for the PubMed record for this letter; full text by subscription.

   Text (Citation) Tagged (Export) Excel
Email To
HTML Text     Excel

To use this feature you must register a personal account in My ICL. Registration is free! In My ICL you can save your ICL searches in My Searches, and you can save search results in My Collections. Be sure to use the Held Citations feature to collect citations from an entire search session. Read more search tips.

Sign Into Existing My ICL Account    |    Register A New My ICL Account
Search Tips
  • Enclose phrases in "quotation marks".  Examples: "low back pain", "evidence-based"
  • Retrieve all forms of a word with an asterisk*, also called a wildcard or truncation.  Example: chiropract* retrieves chiropractic, chiropractor, chiropractors
  • Register an account in My ICL to save search histories (My Searches) and collections of records (My Collections)
Advanced Search Tips