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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    Archive for the 'Capsaicin' Category

    Review: CAM for fibromyalgia

    Sunday, March 7th, 2010

    Prof. Ernst and colleagues from the UK reviewed of the evidence (more…)

    CAM for neuropathic and neuralgic pain

    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

    Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence. (more…)

    Capsaicin reported safe in a long-term study

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    Last year, Prof. Ernst reviewed CAM for neuropathic and neurologic pain and reported that topically applied capsaicin was more effective than placebo.

    Now, study results presented during the American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting support its safety during long-term use for post-herpetic neuralgia and HIV-related neuropathy. (more…)

    Herbals that provide some pain relief

    Monday, August 7th, 2006

    Here is a list of herbal medicines with documented effectiveness as pain relievers. The source of this information summarizes the dose, route of administration, conditions treated, and safety information.