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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    Herbals that provide some pain relief

    Here is a list of herbal medicines with documented effectiveness as pain relievers. The source of this information summarizes the dose, route of administration, conditions treated, and safety information.

    Herbal supplements with evidence of providing pain relief under certain conditions.

    • Arnica
    • Capsaicin
    • Cod-liver oil
    • Devil’s claw
    • Epsom salt
    • Gamma linolenic acid
    • Ginger
    • White willow

    Caution, before using any of these herbals, check the source article to see the conditions where they were used to be sure it applies to you.

    Better yet, check with your pharmacist or other healthcare provider. The truth is that these herbals are generally weak analgesics compared to readily available over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs.

    Illustration: World of Warcraft

    8/7/06 00:16 JR

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