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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    May is arthritis awareness month

    Researchers from Bethesda North Hospital Pharmacy, in Cincinnati, Ohio reviewed the evidence for using supplements to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

    First, the details.

    • A literature search included the terms cat’s claw, ginger, fish oil, omega-3, turmeric, vitamin E, vitamin C, Baikal skullcap, barberry, Chinese goldthread, green tea, Indian holy basil, hu zhang (contains the chemical called resveratrol), oregano, and rosemary.
    • Glucosamine, chondroitin, and methyl sulfonyl methane were excluded.
    • There were 16 clinical studies, 1 meta-analysis, and 1 review article.

    And, the results.

    • Osteoarthritis
      • 3 studies supported cat’s claw used alone or combined with other treatment.
      • There were insufficient data to recommend omega-3 fatty acids.
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
      • 2 studies supported omega-3 fatty acids for treatment.
    • There were insufficient data to permit recommending the following for osteo or rheumatoid arthritis.
      • Vitamin E alone
      • Vitamins A, C, and E in combination
      • Ginger
      • Turmeric
      • Zyflamend

    The bottom line?

    What’s interesting to me is that the authors search included many supplements that apparently have never been studied. 5/3/10 16:52 JR

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