The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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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    Does anyone use St. John’s wort to treat dental pain?

    Its claimed anti-pain and anti-inflammatory properties in homeopathic medicine have led to a number of studies in patients with acute pain.

    Researchers at University of Witten/Herdecke, in Germany reviewed the evidence for using St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) for pain conditions in homeopathic dental practice.

    First, the details.

    • 21 relevant articles were found.
      • 4 described general recommendations.
      • 3 were basic research.
      • 6 reported studies in dental care.
      • 8 were expert opinions or case reports.
    • 4 studies were eligible for a meta-analysis.
      • All studies included in the meta-analysis used Arnica montana as well as Hypericum the results are more influenced by Arnica than Hypericum.

    And, the results.

    • Although case reports suggest therapeutic potential of Hypericum for pain conditions in dental care, this effect is not supported by the results of clinical studies.
    • The overall effect failed to achieve statistical significance.

    The bottom line?

    The authors would like to see more research. To a hammer everything looks like a nail.

    If you have dental pain, see a dentist.

    Here is a review of the many pain conditions associated with dental procedures and better-tested pain control options available to your dentist.

    12/23/12 11:35 JR

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