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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    Thomas Jefferson’s menopause recommendations

    To manage vasomotor symptoms, researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia recommend “lifestyle changes in all women.”

    Lifestyle changes to help manage hot flashes and night sweats include the following.

    • Regulation of core body temperature
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Regular physical activity
    • Weight loss
    • Smoking cessation

    What about herbals?

    The authors say the role of herbal remedies in the treatment of vasomotor symptoms is unclear because the results of studies are inconsistent and inconclusive.

    Nevertheless, soy isoflavones, red clover isoflavones, black cohosh, and vitamin E “may be considered in women with mild symptoms that are not controlled by lifestyle changes alone.” These herbals appear to be safe when used for short durations (6 months).

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “optimum management of vasomotor symptoms includes lifestyle changes in all women” They would reserve hormone replacement therapy for women with moderate-to-severe symptoms.

    “Less effective herbal remedies or nonhormonal therapies may be appropriate in certain women, such as those with mild symptoms or those who cannot or will not take hormone replacement therapy.

    5/25/08 23:50 JR

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