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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    Evaluating CAM to treat nausea and vomiting in cancer patients

    The Oncology Nursing Society has posted a table that summarizes CAM studies on the treatment of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. The studies were published between 1988 and 2005.

    Here’s a summary of their findings.

    • Acupuncture and Acupressure: Likely to be effective
    • Guided Imagery, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Music Therapy: Likely to be effective
    • Psychoeducational (support and education): Likely to be effective
    • Virtual Reality: Benefits balanced with harms
    • Exercise: Effectiveness not established
    • Hypnosis: Effectiveness not established
    • Massage/Aromatherapy: Effectiveness not established
    • Acustimulation (electroacupuncture): Effectiveness not established
    • Ginger: Effectiveness not established

    Don’t be put off by the tabular presentation of the data. Start by reading across the headers to see what each column contains. Then find the CAM and read about it.

    It might be more helpful to have organized the table by cancer type, but it’s not that hard to get this info from the table.

    2/10/07 21:21 JR

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