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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    Little evidence supports CAM for childhood headaches

    Dr. Stewart Tepper from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio reports that “parents frequently ask healthcare professionals to provide ‘natural’ migraine care for their children.”

    Here’s what he found.

    • The only well-designed study on any alternative treatment for pediatric migraine is for magnesium, and the results were equivocal.
      • 2 other reports of magnesium (for migraine and episodic tension-type headache) were positive.
    • There is one positive report for coenzyme Q10 and Petasites (butterbur for example) to prevent pediatric migraine.
    • There are no studies of riboflavin or feverfew for pediatric headache.

    The bottom line?

    Since this report, there’s been nothing published to change the conclusions. However, a positive report on the use of Internet-based help has appeared.

    9/4/08 20:37 JR

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