Medicinal use of potato-derived products: a systematic review. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Medicinal use of potato-derived products: a systematic review.
Phytother Res. 2010 Feb;24(2):159-62. PMID: 19441069
Department of Orthodontics, Columbia University, NY, NY 10032, USA. email@example.com
In the traditional medicine of Europe, raw potatoes are used for gastrointestinal disorders, and topical potato preparations as a hot pack for pain or for softening furuncles. The aim of this study was to review the literature and summarize the data on the medicinal use of potato-derived products. Several databases and other sources were searched to identify clinical trials investigating potato-derived preparations. The trials were analysed for quality. Five trials were identified; two open uncontrolled studies, two open controlled studies and one double-blind study. These results stimulate further investigation of oral potato juice concentrate in patients with dyspeptic complaints, of potato proteinase inhibitor II for weight reduction, and of topical potato proteins for preventing protease-induced perianal dermatitis. We recommend that future studies have a confirmatory design.