Complementary and alternative medicine for Alzheimer's disease: an overview of systematic reviews
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Authors FACT © 2012 Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 186–191, December 2012
How to Cite
Posadzki, P., Ernst, E. and Lee, M. S. (2012), Complementary and alternative medicine for Alzheimer's disease: an overview of systematic reviews. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 17: 186–191. doi: 10.1111/fct.12001
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2012
- Pilkington Family Trust, UK
- Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, South Korea. Grant Number: K11111
- Alzheimer's disease;
- complementary and alternative medicine;
- systematic reviews
The aim of this overview was to critically evaluate the literature on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for Alzheimer's disease.
Four electronic databases were searched to identify all relevant systematic reviews of effectiveness of CAM for Alzheimer's disease. Reviews were defined as systematic if they included explicit and repeatable criteria for the selection of primary studies. The methodological quality of reviews was assessed using the Oxman criteria for systematic reviews.
Six systematic reviews met the inclusion criteria. Most reviews were of high quality. Three reviews arrived at ambiguous conclusions, two arrived at positive conclusions and one reached a negative conclusion.
Evidence supporting the effectiveness of CAM for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease is ambiguous. Since some herbal medicines show promise in the management of Alzheimer's disease, future research seems justified.