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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    Review of nasal irrigation with recommendations

    sinusitisA review article in American Family Physician provides guidance for nasal saline irrigation.

    Current recommendations

    • Symptom of chronic rhinosinusitis (inflamed nasal cavity and sinuses)
      • Nasal irrigation is effective when combined with other treatments, having the highest levels of scientific support
    • Symptoms of irritant or allergic rhinitis, viral upper respiratory tract infection, and postoperative care after endoscopic sinus surgery
      • Limited evidence suggests nasal irrigation may be effective when combined with other treatments.
    • Mild to moderate rhinitis of pregnancy, acute rhinosinusitis, sinonasal sarcoidosis, and Wegener’s granulomatosis
      • Nasal irrigation has been recommended, but the supporting science is less than for the other conditions.

    The bottom line?

    Most of the research on nasal irrigation covers short-term treatment. A recently published study cautions against long-term use — 12-month — use.

    12/13/09 19:10 JR

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