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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    A CAM success story for 2007

    That would have to be Polyphenon E.

    Polyphenon E is made from decaffeinated green tea, and contains catechins (antioxidants). It’s also called green tea extract.

    In November 2006, Polyphenon E Ointment became FDA-approved to treat of external genital and perianal warts.

    A summary of the successful clinical study is here.

    As often happens after a drug is approved by the FDA, other researchers start studies to evaluate it’s use to treat other conditions.

    One area of research in humans is the treatment of prostate cancer. A PubMed search reveals the results of animal studies of urinary bladder and mammary cancers, lung tumors, and stroke.

    The bottom line?
    It’s another example of CAM making the transition to mainstream medicine.

    12/29/07 19:21 JR

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