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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    Essential tools improve the quality of Ginkgo biloba research

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for Ginkgo biloba.

    The NIST reference materials will help researchers validate the accuracy of measurements for flavonoids and terpene lactones (plant constituents associated with the effectiveness of ginkgo) as well as toxic elements in ginkgo.

    In addition to improving the quality of results from studies in humans, the reference materials will help dietary supplement manufacturers improve product consistency.

    More information on what’s included in the Ginkgo biloba suite of reference materials is available on page 6 of the SRM Spotlight. Background on NIST SRMs is here.

    The bottom line?
    SRMs will help ensure the product contains the active constitutes in ginkgo, but it does not address the second problem of contamination, as reported by

    9/2/07 13:25 JR

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