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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    St John’s wort and hot flushes in women with breast cancer history

    There are few effective treatments for hot flushes in post-menopausal breast cancer survivors.

    During the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina reported the results from a pilot study.

    First, the details.

    • 9 women at least 2 years after active treatment for non-metastatic breast cancer, and with a minimum of 3 hot flushes per day or 21 per week participated.
    • Women were ineligible if they were being treated for hot flushes (eg, estrogen, antidepressants).
    • Participants took 3, 300 mg St. John’s wort capsules daily for 4 weeks.
    • Participants completed hot flush diaries during active treatment (weeks 1-4), and for 2 weeks post-treatment (weeks 5-6) to assess hot flush frequency and severity.
    • In addition, women completed quality of life assessments.

    And, the results.

    • St. John’s Wort was not effective in reducing the frequency or severity of hot flushes.
    • Quality of life was not improved.
    • No adverse events were reported.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “St. John’s Wort was not effective.”

    Others also reported a lack of effect.

    6/6/11 20:20 JR

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