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 aromatherapy primer

    Christian Nordqvist has published an introduction to aromatherapy on the Medical News Today website.

    Here are the highpoints.

    Scientific support

    • Aromatherapists claim there is synergy between the body and aromatic oils.
    • No scientific proof supports this position.
    • However, some preliminary studies have had positive results.

    Integration into mainstream medicine

    • In France, and much of Western Europe aromatherapy is integrated into mainstream medicine as an antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial.

    The article goes on to discuss techniques used to apply aromatherapy and conditions treated with aromatherapy.

    There’s also a list and brief description of popular products and situations where aromatherapy should be avoided.

    • Allergy
    • Hay fever
    • Asthma
    • Certain skin conditions
    • Epilepsy
    • High blood pressure
    • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)
    • Breastfeeding
    • Pregnancy

    7/9/09 3:42 JR

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