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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    Might aromatherapy massage improve sleep in children with autism?

    In an earlier post it was concluded that lavender oil treatments might be helpful for treating insomnia in adults. Children with autism often have sleep difficulties. But this latest study suggests it does not appear that their sleep patterns are altered by this treatment.

    Here are the details of the study. Do you agree with the conclusions?

    • 12 children with autism and learning difficulties (2 girls, 10 boys)
    • Aged 12 to 15.5 years
    • Living in a residential school
    • 3 nights of aromatherapy massage with lavender oil compared to 14 nights of no treatment
    • Children were checked every 30 minutes throughout the night

    It’s a small study. There were no obvious benefits, but it would be wrong to make sweeping conclusions based on just 12 children in a residential school.


    9/23/06 11:04 JR

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