Date of Award


Degree Type

Selective Evidence-Based Medicine Review

Degree Name

Master of Science in Health Sciences - Physician Assistant


Physician Assistant Studies

Department Chair

John Cavenagh, MBA, PhD, PA-C


Objective: The objective of this selective EBM review is to determine whether or not Ayurvedic is effective in reducing osteoarthritis pain in adults.

Study Design: Review of three English language randomized controlled trials published between from 2004-2013.

Data Sources: Two double blind randomized controlled trials and one open label randomized controlled clinical trial were found using PubMed and Cochrane Library databases.

Outcomes Measured: To measure the effectiveness, the following parameters were utilized visual analog scale (VAS) reported by the patient to assess reduction in pain symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Results: Three randomized controlled studies results found that Ayurvedic medicine was beneficial in providing symptomatic pain relief in patients of osteoarthritis in adults.

Conclusions: The results of all three selected studies in this systemic review demonstrated that Ayurvedic provides some effectiveness in reducing osteoarthritis pain in adults when compared to conventional medications used for osteoarthritis.