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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    Huangqi type formulations for nephrotic syndrome

    Cochrane Review has assessed the benefits and harms of Huangqi and Huangqi type formulations to treat the nephritic syndrome — a nonspecific disorder where the kidneys are damaged, causing them to leak large amounts of protein from the blood into the urine.

    3 studies of 128 patients were identified that compared Huangqi type formulations with placebo.

    • Huangqi injection had a positive effect on albumin and cholesterol blood levels, and hormone reduced syndrome.
    • Huangqi reduced some adverse reactions such as Cushing’s syndrome and respiratory tract infection.
    • There was no benefit on reducing relapse.

    The bottom line?
    Based on limited data, Huangqi type formulations may relieve symptoms of nephrotic syndrome and reduce the adverse reactions of other drugs.

    4/17/08 22:29 JR

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