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 placebo component of the homeopathic response

    There’s increasing awareness that the homeopathic consultation is itself a therapeutic intervention that contributes to the outcome of homeopathic treatments.

    So, how important is it?
    It’s hard to tell from this series of interviews with just 18 patients in a homeopathic hospital.

    The authors judged that about one-third of patients had experienced a major improvement in their health over the study period, a third had some improvement, and a third had no improvement.

    Presumed “active ingredients” included the patients’ “‘openness to the mind-body connection,’ consultational empathy, in-depth enquiry into bodily complaints, disclosure, the remedy matching process and, potentially, the homeopathic remedies themselves.”

    I find it hard to take this report seriously as a clinical study. But it’s interesting that practitioners of homeopathic medicine acknowledge the contribution of the consultation itself on the treatment outcome.

    12/29/06 19:03 JR

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