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Systematic Review on Herbal Treatment for Obesity in Adults

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2016, 26(4), pp.23-35
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

한경선 1 이명종 1 김호준 1

1동국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

ObjectivesThis systematic review is to support the effectiveness of herbal medicine for the treatment of simple obesity in adults. MethodsA total of 8 electronic databases were searched in English, Chinese and Korean. Standard methodologies for the systematic review were used to search, analyze and synthesize data based on NECA’s guideline for undertaking systematic review and meta-analyses for intervention. ResultsAfter screening 1781 potential articles, we identified 13 randomized controlled trials (RCTs). We conducted a meta-analysis for the study using Bangpungtongsung-san and Taeeumjowi-tang to evaluate the effectiveness of herbal medicines on weight loss compared to placebo control. Both herbs showed positive effect in weight, body mass in-dex and waist circumference. In an analysis comparing herbal effects considering con-stitutions showed that proper treatment can lower adverse events. ConclusionsOur results provide evidence that herbal medicine can be an effective treat-ment for the obesity compare to placebo or to conventional medicine without serious ad-verse events. Further study is needed to evaluate effectiveness of herbal medicines consid-ering personalized treatment and its safety. (J Korean Med Rehabil 2016;26(4):23-35)

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