The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is 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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    Quick review of Echinacea

    As part of the Charms & Harms series in the Journal of Primary Care, Dr. Joanne Barnes, from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand distilled the evidence.


    • The results of studies of echinacea to prevent and treat upper respiratory infections are conflicting.
    • There’s insufficient evidence to recommend a particular preparation or dosage regimen.
    • The limited data indicate that echinacea preparations are well-tolerated, although allergic reactions may occur.
    • Echinacea products differ in their pharmaceutical quality
      • The implications of this for efficacy and safety should be considered.

    The bottom line?

    The article is a good 1-page review.

    6/18/09 19:00 JR

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