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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    Safety of black cohosh

    Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is used to treat symptoms of menopause.

    Prof. Ernst and a colleague from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy delve into the scientific literature on its safety.

    First, the details.

    • Any type of clinical data that included case reports and observational studies was considered.
    • No language restrictions were imposed.
    • There were 13 studies in women.
    • There were 3 postmarketing surveillance studies, 4 case series, and 8 single case reports.

    And, the results.

    • Clinical studies suggest black cohosh is safe.
    • In most case reports, causal attribution is problematic.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “black cohosh has been associated with serious safety concerns that urgently require further investigation.”

    At first read, the conclusion sounds counterintuitive. However, in CAM, you’re guilty until proven innocent.

    We’ll be on the lookout for that definitive study.

    11/7/08 21:52 JR

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