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Complementary medicines for rheumatoid arthritis

We found randomised controlled trials which tested 17 complementary medicines for rheumatoid arthritis. Twelve out of 17 complementary medicines (71%) scored just 1. But fish body oil scored a maximum 5 for effectiveness and a green light for safety.

Compound

Effectiveness rating

Safety rating

Fish body oil

5

Green
Borage seed oil

3

Green
Evening primrose oil (EPO)

3

Green
Cat's claw

2

Amber
Rosehip

2

Green
Andrographis paniculata

1

Green
Antler velvet

1

Green
Blackcurrant seed oil

1

Green
Collagen

1

Green
Feverfew

1

Green
Flaxseed oil

1

Amber
Green-lipped mussel

1

Green
Homeopathy

1

Green
Selenium

1

Green
Vitamins A, C and E

1

Green
Vitamin B complex

1

Green
Willow bark

1

Amber

Read more about how the complementary medicines were classified.

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