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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    Benefits of aromatherapy in dental patients

    Researchers at King’s College London, in the UK have published their findings with lavender.

    First, the details.

    • 340 patients were assigned to a treatment group.
      • Lavender
      • No odor
    • Then, anxiety was assessed while waiting for a scheduled dental appointment.
      • Current anxiety, assessed by the brief State Trait Anxiety Indicator (STAI-6)
      • Generalized dental anxiety, assessed by the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS)

    And, the results.

    • Both groups showed similar, moderate and significant levels of generalized anxiety.
    • The lavender group reported significantly lower current anxiety than the control group.

    The bottom line?

    In 2008, the same authors published an abstract with positive results based on 4340 dental patients.

    It’s not clear if these results are based on a sub group from that larger population of dental patients.

    4/19/10 20:38 JR

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