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

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Aromatherapy: Getting organized

    Making the rounds this morning is a Newswire release from MD Anderson Cancer Center about Cherie Perez. She’s a research nurse who teaches aromatherapy to cancer patients during their treatment at the Cancer Center. You can read it here.

    Since my background is based in traditional medicine, the involvement of this prestigious medical center sparks my interest to learn more about aromatherapy. I start by looking for structure.

    It turns out, there are lots of ways to use oils.

    Here, from Psychology Today are the five common types of aromatherapy.

    • Cosmetic Aromatherapy: Applied to hair and skin to beautify
    • Psycho-Aromatherapy: Inhaled to affect emotions and moods
    • Aromatherapy Massage: Used for relaxation
    • Medical Aromatherapy: Complements medical treatments
    • Olfactory Aromatherapy: Inhaled directly or after diffusion into the air

    Illustration: New York Awareness Center

    8/27/06 10:56 JR

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