The evidence for clinical efficacy of rose hip and seed: a systematic review

Authors

  • C. Chrubasik,

    1. Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Freiburg i.Br., Albertstr. 9, 79104 Freiburg i.Br., Germany
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  • R. K. Duke,

    1. Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
    2. Herbal Medicines Research and Education Centre, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia
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  • S. Chrubasik

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    1. Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Freiburg i.Br., Albertstr. 9, 79104 Freiburg i.Br., Germany
    2. Herbal Medicines Research and Education Centre, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia
    • Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Freiburg, Albertstr. 9, 79104 Freiburg, Germany.
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Abstract

Background

The objective of this review is to evaluate whether clinical research has gained any evidence of effectiveness of Rosa canina preparations.

Methods

Several databases and other sources were searched to identify randomized controlled trials of Rosa canina preparations.

Results

Trials were described in a narrative way, taking into consideration methodological quality scores. Four trials were included in this review and two were identified as subgroup analyses.

Conclusions

Moderate evidence exists for the use of a powder of the seeds and husks of a Rosa canina subspecies in patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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