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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    Indian herb, Salacia oblonga, lowers blood sugar in diabetics

    This is the second successful study of this herb, which is native to regions of India and Sri Lanka.

    First, the details.

    • 66 patients with type 2 diabetes received 3 treatments in random order.
    • A standard liquid control meal
    • A control meal + 240 mg Salacia oblonga extract
    • A control meal + 480 mg Salacia oblonga extract
    • The patients and researchers were not told which treatment was given (blinded).

    And, the results.

    • Both doses significantly lowered blood sugar levels — 14% and 22% for 240 mg and 480 mg, respectively.
    • Both doses significantly decreased the insulin response following a meal compared to the control meal alone.

    The bottom line?
    These results advance the earlier study in healthy volunteers. I guess the next step is a long-term study to show changes in A1c.

    7/21/07 19:49 JR

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