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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    The biggest loser in CAM for 2006

    Loser: Not only doesn’t it work, but governments all over the world are piling on black cohosh.

    • Useless to prevent hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.


    • Caution during pregnancy (particularly during the first trimester where there is concern over its purported labor-inducing effects) and during lactation.

    Poor quality control

    • Significant variability in the contents of different brands.

    Warnings, warnings, warnings

    • Japan?s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has now issued a warning to Japanese users of black cohosh.
    • The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency of the U.K. issued new labeling regulations with warnings.
    • Australia requires manufacturers to add safety warnings to their labels.
    • European Medicines Agency advised consumers to stop taking black cohosh and consult their doctor if they develop signs and symptoms of liver injury.

    12/30/06 22:20 JR

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