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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    Latest assessment of butterbur to treat allergic rhinitis

    Professor Ernst and colleagues from Peninsula Medical School in the UK have reviewed the evidence.

    Here’s what they found.

    • 16 studies of 10 different herbal products vs placebo or another active treatment were included.
    • Petasites hybridus (butterbur) extract was evaluated in 6 of these studies, and was superior to placebo or similarly effective compared to nonsedating antihistamines for intermittent allergic rhinitis.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “There is encouraging evidence suggesting that P. hybridus may be an effective herbal treatment for seasonal (intermittent) allergic rhinitis.” They would like to see more studies by independent researchers.

    There were also positive results with other herbal products, particularly Aller-7 (7 herbal extracts), Tinospora cordifolia (aka guduchi), Perilla frutescens (aka beefsteakplant), and several Chinese herbal medicines, although more studies are needed.

    An earlier entry was also positive for butterbur.

    1/9/08 20:01 JR

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