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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    Review of aromatherapy to treat high blood pressure

    Prof. Ernst reviewed the evidence and finds that more is needed.

    First, the details.

    • 5 studies were included.
      • Only 1 study randomly assigned patients to a treatment group.

    And, the results.

    • The randomized study compared the effects of aromatherapy to placebo and showed a significant reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
      • In addition, pulse, subjective stress, anxiety, and blood levels of cortisol were significantly different with aromatherapy compared to placebo or a control group.
    • The other studies also reported favorable effects of aromatherapy.
    • All of the studies had a high risk of bias.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “The existing trial evidence does not show convincingly that aromatherapy is effective for hypertension.”

    Researchers must show greater discipline and design better studies that can withstand external scrutiny.

    8/12/10 18:47 JR

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