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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    Melatonin not effective for sleep disorders

    Bandolier has reviewed melatonin and is unimpressed.

    Here’s what they found.

    • For people with insomnia, studies show that taking melatonin is no better than placebo.
    • For people with sleep disorders as a result of another medical condition, sleep time is extended by just 16 minutes with melatonin compared to placebo.
    • In sleep restriction studies (limiting time available for sleep to a set number of hours), there was no difference in sleep onset latency (time to get to sleep), wakefulness after the onset of sleep, or minutes of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. There was a small (18 minute) increase in total sleep time.

    All the studies were small, but the results show no reason to think that a larger study might show anything different.

    A good review of the stages of sleep is available here.

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    9/9/06 18:18 JR

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