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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    Managing nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

    nude-pregnancy2 faculty at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Utah reviewed the evidence and make recommendations for treatment.

    Let’s focus on complementary options.


    • Ginger, chamomile, peppermint, and red raspberry leaf tea are most commonly recommended herbal treatments for “morning sickness.”
    • Only ginger has research supporting it.
      • Ginger at least 1 gram per day (in divided doses) reduces symptoms of nausea and vomiting in pregnant women with nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy.
      • It’s not clear whether ginger is superior to pyridoxine (vitamin B6), but it’s at least equivalent.

    Acupressure and acupuncture

    • Evidence supporting acupressure or acupuncture to alleviate nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy is mixed.

    Hypnosis, behavior modification, and psychotherapy

    • These treatments have never been compared to placebo.
    • It’s possible that in some women, vomiting becomes a conditioned or anticipatory response and would be amenable to hypnosis or other psychotherapeutic approaches.

    12/1/09 21:31 JR

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