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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    Everything you need to know about St. John’s wort

    Dr. Joanne Barnes, from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand distilled the evidence.

    And it takes less than 300 words plus references.

    Active constituents

    • Probably hypericin, hyperforin, and/or flavonoids

    Main use

    • Symptomatic relief of mild to moderately severe depression


    • In 30 studies, more effective than placebo
    • As effective as conventional antidepressants

    Side effects

    • Mild gastrointestinal symptoms

    Drug interactions

    • Several are listed in the review.

    4/27/09 17:56 JR

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