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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    Chinese herbal medicine therapy for chemotherapy-induced toxicity

    Patients with early-stage breast or colon cancer who required postoperative chemotherapy were eligible for the study.

    120 patients were assigned to 1 of 3 Chinese herbalists who evaluated and prescribed a combination of herbal extract granules or placebo packages (nontherapeutic herbs, an artificial smell, and taste similar to herbal tea).

    There was significantly less nausea in the herbal treatment group, but no difference in chemotherapy-related toxicity to red blood cells, platelets, or white blood cells.

    Unfortunately, the abstract from this Annals of Oncology article doesn’t list any specifics on the herbal extract granules, and is vague on the latitude given to the herbalists to customize the herbal treatment. There’s also no specific information on the chemotherapy or on other treatments given to control nausea.

    3/26/07 22:07 JR

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