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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    Black cohosh warnings

    This site has followed the growing safety concerns over black cohosh here and here.

    Now, The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency of the U.K. will issue new labeling regulations with warnings. And the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and its Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products have issued a public statement that warns of the potential connection between herbal medicinal products containing black cohosh root (Cimicifugae racemosae rhizome) and hepatotoxicity.

    The statement includes the following advice.

    • Stop taking black cohosh root and consult a doctor immediately if signs/symptoms suggestive of liver injury develop (eg, tiredness, loss of appetite, yellowing of skin/eyes, severe upper stomach pain with nausea and vomiting or dark urine)
    • Healthcare professionals should ask patients if they use products containing black cohosh
    • Report suspected hepatic reactions

    In the U.S., report these reactions to the FDA. In the U.K. use the Yellow Card Scheme. In Australia use the Australian Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting System.

    8/22/06 19:47 JR

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