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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    Is there a role for herbal medicines in treating infections?

    Not based on what we know right now.

    Here’s an overview.

    Three studies of garlic and cinnamon to treat Helicobacter pylori infections reported no significant effect.

    Four positive studies of bacterial infections of skin

    • Tealeaf extract in impetigo contagiosa, a highly contagious bacterial infection of the upper layers of the skin
    • Tea tree oil preparations for acne and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which as been described as epidemic in the US (2 studies)
    • Ocimum gratissimum oil (wild basil) for acne

    Bottom line?
    Herbals have not been studied very much in this area. Most studies were not very well designed and don’t show the herbals to be effective beyond doubt.

    11/26/06 18:11 JR

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