Complementary medicines 'ineffective' for arthritis

Complementary medicines are ineffective as treatments for arthritis, a study by the Arthritis Research Campaign suggests.

The study examined data from randomised controlled trials looking at the effectiveness of complementary treatments for rheumatoid arthritis.

Only 21 trials had examined complementary treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, the study found. Of these, 81% found that complementary therapies had little or no evidence to support their use.

The only treatment with consistent evidence from several studies supporting its use was fish oil.

  • Do complementary medicines have any value?

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