Weak evidence for radix astragali in treating diabetic retinopathy

Radix astragali

Radix astragali is a traditional Chinese medicine made from dried roots of  that has been widely used for the treatment of diabetes.  This systematic review set out to establish if there is any clinical evidence to support its use in treating diabetic retinopathy. Clinical question In people with diabetic retinopathy (DR), does radix astragali, compared [read the full story…]

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Review finds little evidence for Complementary and Alternative Medicines in diabetes

massage

This broad-based review set out to summarise the findings of other systematic reviews on complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) for the treatment of diabetes. Twelve systematic reviews were found that evaluated a broad range of CAMs, including herbal medicine, qi gong, tai chi, massage and yoga. They were interested in interventions for prevention as well [read the full story…]

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Lack of good evidence for Ayurvedic medicine in treating diabetes.

Abstract illustration of Ayurvedic medicine

Ayurvedic practitioners treat diabetes with diet modification, Panchkarma, herbal preparations, yoga and breathing exercises.  This review set out to identify all published evidence about the effectiveness of this approach to treatment. Clinical question In diabetes, does Ayurvedic medicine, as compared with usual care, improve glycemic control or quality of life? The evidence The reviewers searched [read the full story…]

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Herbal supplements may improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetes

Picture of a sweet potato, or Ipomoea batatas

This systematic review identified nine studies of the effects of various herbal supplement on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes.  The reviewers found significant benefits for Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato), Silybum marianum (milk thistle), and Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek). The reviewers found nine randomised trials with a total of 487 patients that reported HbA1c after at [read the full story…]

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