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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    The Ayurveda primer

    Singer/songwriter Sarah Stefanson writing on The Soko website discusses terminology and what to expect during your Ayurvedic session.

    I’ve focused on terminology.

    Every person has a dosha, which is comprised of 3 humors that describe diseases and conditions.

    • Vata: Air and space — has the qualities of dry, light, and cool
    • Pitta: Fire and water — sharp, hot, and intense
    • Kapha: Earth and water — heavy, cold, and wet

    After the doctor determines your doshic balance and the cause of your illness, a series of treatments including massage, cleansing activities, and exercise are prescribed.

    • Abhyanga: Warm oil to calm the nervous, lymphatic and circulation systems.
    • Udvartina: Paste made from herbs, grain flours, and oils to exfoliate during massage.

    Diet and yoga are also part of the Ayurvedic lifestyle.

    The bottom line?
    OK, but please also read this before you take any Ayurvedic medicines.

    5/26/07 13:06 JR

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