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Herbal medicines

StudyStudy type and ELAim of studyNo. of patientsPatient characteristicsOutcomesResultsAdditional comments
Steels 2002496Case series
EL = 3
Investigate efficacy of a tablet preparation containing Crataeva nurvala, a herb used in traditional Hindu science of medicine, and equisetum (Horsetail) to treat urge and/or stress UI for 12 weeks
2 tablets taken b.d. ([equivalent] 12 g Crataeva and 6 g Equisetum/day)
8F, symptoms of urge UI and/or stress UI ‘on a regular basis’. One aged 20 years, others 54–65 years
Exclusions: hysterectomy or prolapse repair within 12 months; serious health conditions; medications for UI in past month
UDISignificant positive change to perceptions of frequency, leakage related to urgency or activity, and difficulty emptying the bladderFunding: BioLogic Health Solutions.
IIQAll parameters except physical recreation and household chores improved significantly

From: Evidence tables for included studies

Cover of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary Incontinence: The Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women.
NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 40.
National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health (UK).
London: RCOG Press; 2006 Oct.
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