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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    Nasal irrigation to treat rhinosinusitis

    Rhinosinusitis is an inflammation of the nose (rhinositis) and the sinuses (sinusitis).

    The Cochrane Collaboration states, “The use of nasal irrigation for the treatment of nose and sinus complaints has its foundations in yogic and homeopathic traditions. It is often prescribed as an adjunct to other treatments such as intranasal steroids or antibiotics.”

    Eight trials were identified for inclusion in the review.

    • Saline was beneficial to treat the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis when used alone.
    • It was also useful when added to other treatments.
    • Saline was not as effective as an intranasal steroid.

    The bottom line”
    The reviewers concluded that saline irrigations were well tolerated with only minor side effects. Also, “the use of topical saline could be included as a treatment adjunct for the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis.”

    More about nasal irrigation is here.

    7/31/07 21:30 JR

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