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, 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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    Archive for the 'Menstruation' Category

    Review: Homeopathic treatments in psychiatry

    Friday, December 23rd, 2011

    Really? (more…)

    A systematic review of reflexology

    Thursday, June 16th, 2011

    ReflexologyTherapy[1]Prof. Ernst has reviewed all the studies. (more…)

    Yoga for women with primary dysmenorrhea

    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

    Researchers at Islamic Azad University, in Rasht, Iran, studied the effect of yoga onĀ  dysmenorrhea — cramping pain in the lower abdomen occurring just before or during menstruation, in the absence of other diseases. (more…)

    Treating endometriosis with Chinese herbal medicine

    Friday, July 10th, 2009

    In China, treating endometriosis with herbal medicines (CHM) is routine.

    Cochrane reviewed the evidence, and the outcome is encouraging. (more…)

    Evaluating omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for joint pain

    Saturday, March 10th, 2007

    A literature review by two researchers at York University in Toronto “suggest[s] that omega-3 PUFAs are an attractive adjunctive treatment for joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and dysmenorrhea [painful menstruation].”

    Results were positive for most measures of outcome.


    Aromatherapy to lessen menstrual cramps

    Sunday, December 17th, 2006

    Abdominal massage using two drops of lavender (Lavandula officinalis), one drop of clary sage (Salvia sclarea), and one drop of rose (Rosa centifolia) in 5 mL of almond oil was more effective than no treatment or almond oil alone.

    Here are the details.