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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    Using dan shen to treat stroke

    Dan shen (Red sage, salvia miltiorrhiza, and radix salvis mitiorhiza) is an herbal medicine used to treat acute ischemic stroke in China. The condition is caused following blockage of blood flow to the brain and accounts for about 85% of all strokes.

    Cochrane reviewed the published studies.

    • 6 studies involving 494 patients were reviewed.
    • All studies reported “significant improvement in neurological deficit at the end of treatment.
    • Only 2 studies reported adverse events.
    • No deaths were reported.
    • The effect of dan shen on quality of life was not reported.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that the studies were not well done, and “reliable conclusions could not be drawn.”

    More general information is available here, and a dan shen/digoxin drug interaction summary is here.

    5/28/07 13:16 JR

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