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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    NCCAM reviews reiki and ayurvedic

     The National Center for Contemporary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has updated their introductory reviews.

    Here’s what’s important.


    • More than 2.2 million adults in the United States have used Reiki.
    • It’s used for a wide variety of conditions.
    • But “Trial data for any one condition are scarce and independent replications are not available for each condition,” according to this review.
    • Overall, the value of reiki is unproven.


    • About 751,000 people in the United States had ever used ayurvedic medicine.
    • Of greatest interest (to me): “One-fifth of both US-manufactured and Indian-manufactured Ayurvedic medicines purchased via the Internet contain detectable lead, mercury, or arsenic.”

    9/2/08 20:11 JR

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