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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    Consumer alert: 12 dietary herbal supplements

    Caught in the act by the FDA, Herbal Science International, Inc. (aka Jen-On Herbal Science International, Inc.) is recalling 12 dietary supplements that contain ephedra, aristolochic acid, or human placenta.

    Human placenta!

    These products contain ephedra.

    • Wu Yao Shun Qi San
    • Qing Bi Tang (Nasal Cleanser)
    • Zhong Fong Huo Luo Wan (Stroke Revito Formula)
    • Xiao Qing Long Tang (Little Green Dragon)
    • Ding Chuan Tang
    • Xiao Xu Ming Tang
    • Feng Shi Zhi Tong Wan (Joint Relief)
    • Guo Min Bi Yan Wan
    • Fang Feng Tong Sheng San

    No dose of ephedra is considered safe.

    These products contain aristolochic acid, a cancer causing chemical and kidney toxin.

    • Tou Tong San (Headache Formula)
    • Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang (Du Huo Joint Relief)

    This product contains human placenta that may transmit disease.

    • Seng Jong Tzu Tong Tan

    The bottom line?
    The FDA is moving to gain tighter control the quality of manufactured supplements. It can’t come soon enough.

    4/14/08 15:59 JR

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