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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    Going commercial with Ontario ginseng

    The London Free Press has an interesting article on the history of ginseng cultivation in Ontario, Canada and ongoing collaborative efforts by growers, academia, and industry to quantify and improve its properties.

    Ontario’s ginseng root has more ginsenosides — steroid-like compounds believed to give ginseng its medical and other properties — than other forms.

    The researchers are looking for proof that Ontario ginseng is distinct from other ginseng, such as the North American variety grown in China, so Ontario farmers can brand their product.

    In the long run, they hope to develop an elite Ontario ginseng plant.

    A survey from 2002 reported that ginseng was the most commonly used herbal supplement in the US.

    8/17/08 14:06 JR

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