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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    Black cohosh to manage menopausal symptoms

    Reviewers from the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Jacksonville assessed the evidenced.

    First, the details.

    • A PubMed search revealed 16 studies eligible for review.

    And, the results.

    • Many of the studies had conflicting results.
    • Several flaws in study design were exposed.
      • Lack of uniformity of the drug preparation used
      • Variable outcome measures
      • No placebo group

    The bottom line?
    The benefits of black cohosh in the management of climacteric symptoms remain to be proven, according to the authors.

    Earlier, Prof. Ernst reviewed the literature and concluded that for treating menopausal symptoms, the value of black cohosh was “uncertain,” and further rigorous trials seem warranted.

    12/26/08 18:36 JR

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