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.

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    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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    Another review of black cohosh

    Warning. Others have drawn similar conclusions, as noted here and here.

    Now, researchers from McGill University, in Montreal have reviewed the evidence for black cohosh to treat menopausal symptoms, again.

    First, the details.

    • Among 288 English language references, 9 studies were of sufficient scientific rigor to be worth reviewing.

    And, the results.

    • 6 studies demonstrated a significant improvement in the black cohosh group compared to placebo.
    • Based on analysis of data available from 7 studies, preparations containing black cohosh improved overall symptoms by 26%.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Given that black cohosh is one of the most frequently used herbal medications for menopausal vasomotor symptoms in North America, more data are warranted on its effectiveness and safety.”

    That’s 3 reviews in 2 years that have come to essentially the same conclusion.

    1/21/10 20:22 JR

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