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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    Allergic reactions associated with the use of pelargonium

    Pelargonium is a genus of flowering plants, which includes about 200 species. Extracts have been used to treat respiratory tract and gastrointestinal infections.

    Now, more about the allergic reactions to Pelargonium sidoides DC and P. reniforme Curtis, which reportedly have immune modulating properties and antibacterial activity.

    The Uppsala Monitoring Centre reports 34 cases of hypersensitivity reactions suspected to be associated with the use of Pelargonium extract in Germany. Two patients needed treatment for circulatory failure.

    The bottom line?
    The report is important because P. sidoides has gone from an obscure herbal remedy to a popular product in Germany. More information about Pelargonium is presented on the website.

    9/16/07 21:22 JR

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