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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    CAM options to treat eczema

    Bastyr Center for Natural Health has published a review.

    Let’s summarize.

    • Coconut oil
      • Helps decrease inflammation and itching.
      • Reduces bacterial colonization of the skin, which may help prevent infection.
    • Essential fatty acids
      • Increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids (cold water fish or fish oil) helps decrease inflammation of the skin.
    • Probiotics
      • Some studies have shown that probiotics can be helpful, especially in children.
    • Chamomile
      • One study showed that topical chamomile cream was as effective as low-dose steroid cream.
      • Also taken internally as a tea.
    • Stress reduction
      • Biofeedback, hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques, and meditation help manage stress and can be part of a treatment plan.

    The bottom line?

    These are complementary to allopathic treatments.

    9/13/11 11:14 JR

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