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.

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    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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    The use of CAM among poor Central Americans

    Reported earlier on the site was a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that 36% of Americans use CAM ? 62% if prayer is included.

    Now, here is an estimate of the use of CAM in one Central American country.

    Based on a survey of 1600 people living in a barrio in Managua, Nicaragua, 78% of the households used herbal remedies to teat common illnesses. There was no difference in use based on age or education.

    These data are probably most useful to healthcare professionals who come in contact with poor Central Americans.

    The most commonly used herbals by this group are listed below in Spanish and (English).


    • Eucalipto (Eucalyptus)
    • Zacate de limon (Lemon grass)
    • Manzanilla (Chamomile)
    • Albahaca (Basil)
    • Canela (Cinnamon)
    • Maranon (Cashew)
    • Miel de jicote (Wasp honey)
    • Naranja agua (Orange water)


    • Eucalipto (Eucalyptus)
    • Jicaros (Calabashes)
    • Zacate de limon (Lemon grass)
    • Canela (Cinnamon)
    • Mara-on (Cashew)
    • Miel (Honey)
    • Ajo (Garlic)


    • Eucalipto (Eucalyptus)

    Ear pain

    • Eucalipto (Eucalyptus)
    • Zacate de limon (Lemon grass)

    Stomach pain

    • Te de cilantro (Coriander)

    10/18/06 19:00 JR

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