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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    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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