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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    Herbal supplements for weight loss: What works, what doesn’t

    In preparation for the upcoming weight management conferences in Europe, here is what we know about the value of herbals as an aid to weight loss.

    The findings are based on a review conducted at the Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina in Columbia.

    Modest evidence of effectiveness

    • Green tea (Camellia sinensis)
    • Chromium picolinate
    • Ma huang (Ephedra major)

    Inadequate or negative evidence

    • Ginger root (Zingiber officinale)
    • Guarana (Paullinia cupana)
    • Hydroxycitric acid (Garcinia cambogia)
    • White willow (Salix alba)
    • Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
    • Cayenne (Capsicum annuum)
    • Bitter orange/zhi shi (Citrus aurantium)

    Ma huang (ephedra) is not worth the risk, and concerns are voiced in the literature over bitter orange, and guarana. More information on green tea and chromium picolinate will be forthcoming.

    2/22/07 19:27 JR

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