Clinical effects of thai herbal compress: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Dhippayom, Teerapon, Kongkaew, Chuenjid, Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn, Dilokthornsakul, Piyameth, Sruamsiri, Rosarin, Saokaew, Surasak and Chuthaputti, Anchalee (2015) Clinical effects of thai herbal compress: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015 . doi:10.1155/2015/942378

Author Dhippayom, Teerapon
Kongkaew, Chuenjid
Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn
Dilokthornsakul, Piyameth
Sruamsiri, Rosarin
Saokaew, Surasak
Chuthaputti, Anchalee
Title Clinical effects of thai herbal compress: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Journal name Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-4288
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1155/2015/942378
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2015
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective. To determine the clinical effects of Thai herbal compress.

Methods. International and Thai databases were searched from inception through September 2014. Comparative clinical studies investigating herbal compress for any indications were included. Outcomes of interest included level of pain, difficulties in performing activities, and time from delivery to milk secretion. Mean changes of the outcomes from baseline were compared between herbal compress and comparators by calculating mean difference.

Results. A total of 13 studies which involved 778 patients were selected from 369 articles identified. The overall effects of Thai herbal compress on reducing osteoarthritis (OA) and muscle pain were not different from those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, knee exercise, and hot compress. However, the reduction of OA pain in the herbal compress group tended to be higher than that of any comparators (weighted mean difference 0.419; 95% CI −0.004, 0.842) with moderate heterogeneity ( I2= 58.3%, P= 0.048). When compared with usual care, herbal compress provided significantly less time from delivery to milk secretion in postpartum mothers (mean difference −394.425 minutes; 95% CI −620.084, −168.766).

Conclusion. Thai herbal compress may be considered as an alternative for osteoarthritis and muscle pain and could also be used as a treatment of choice to induce lactation.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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