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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    Review of herbal medicines in gynecology

    Dr. Cathi Dennehy from the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco has reviewed the evidence.

    I was surprised by her assessment of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms.

    Here’s a summary of her findings.

    Therapies that carry a higher level of support from randomized controlled trial evidence.

    • Black cohosh for menopause.
    • Vitamins B1 and E for dysmenorrhea.
    • Calcium, vitamin B6, and chasteberry for premenstrual syndrome.
    • Chasteberry for cyclic breast tenderness.

    Dr. Dennehy concludes, “There were too few trials involving herbs and supplements in infertility to warrant a solid recommendation, but chasteberry, antioxidants, and Fertility Blend (chasteberry; green tea extracts; L-arginine; vitamins E, B6, and B12; folate; iron; magnesium; zinc; and selenium) have some preliminary support.”

    2/13/07 19:48 JR

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