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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    CAM for menopause?

    The authors, from the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia make a potentially important point that hadn’t been mentioned here before.

    But, does it matter?

    First, the details.

    • Studies of prescription drugs and CAM were reviewed.

    And, the results.

    • Not effective for relieving hot flushes
      • Ginseng
      • Evening primrose
      • Dong quai
      • Vitamin E
    • Other effects of these therapies including possible improvements in mood are yet to be substantiated.

    The bottom line?
    In this area of research, the authors observe, “There is a general lacking of longer-term follow-up beyond the trial lengths of 6-12 weeks in the use of CAM, although women may be taking these medications for many years.”

    Now, if we find one that has some promise, a long-term study might be warranted.

    4/7/09 20:55 JR

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