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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    Medical honey for wound care

    Researchers from Germany and New Zealand have reviewed Medihoney — a medically certified honey licensed for professional wound care in Europe and Australia.

    The authors cover its proposed mechanism of action and effectiveness in a range of conditions.

    Most interesting are the safety data.

    • About 5% of the authors’ patients report stinging pain after administration.
    • In some of these patients, treatment with medical honey had to be stopped or postponed until after the acute inflammatory process was controlled by other approaches.

    Allergic reactions

    • 2 of 150 patients showed reproducible local allergic reactions to Medihoney.
    • However, they had a history of atopy before treatment.
    • No systemic reactions have been reported.

    The bottom line?
    The authors believe more studies are needed. However, based on what’s known, they encourage Medihoney as “an alternative treatment approach in wounds of different natures.”

    More on its mechanism of action is posted here.

    It’s antibacterial action is discussed here.

    5/27/09 22:49 JR

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