The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Review: CAM to treat memory loss

    Herbals and other CAM are being aggressively marketed for both prophylactic and therapeutic effects in regard to memory disorders.

    Researchers at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York City, reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • A small number of controlled studies have explored the effectiveness of some of the more popular herbal and CAM remedies.
      • Ginkgo biloba
      • Phosphatidylcholine: found in eggs, soybeans, mustard, sunflower, and other foods, which is sometimes used interchangeably with “lecithin,” although they are different
      • Phosphatidylserine: belongs to a special category of fat-soluble substances called phospholipids, which are essential components of cell membranes
      • Omega-3 fatty acids

    And, the results.

    • Evidence suggests that CAM approaches are not successful in preventing or delaying cognitive decline or dementia.
    • There’s little reason to prescribe these remedies for the treatment of established cognitive impairment.
    • Preliminary evidence suggests that Ginkgo biloba may be useful in treating behavioral problems in demented people.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “It is likely that the absence of regulatory controls on the sale of herbal and CAM preparations will foster continued use of these agents and perhaps even accelerated use as the dementia epidemic increases, assuming no imminent breakthroughs in pharmacotherapy.”

    9/15/11 21:04 JR

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