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 'Boswellia' Category

    Review of herbals to treat asthma

    Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

    Today is Worlds Asthma Day.

    So, researchers from the UK and China reviewed the evidence supporting the use of herbs and plant extracts to manage asthma. (more…)

    Herbals for arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

    Ms. Meenakshi Khatta is a nurse practitioner and associate professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Nurse Khatta has reviewed the use of CAM to treat pain due to musculoskeletal conditions.

    Here are her findings on herbal supplements used to treat fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. (more…)

    Boswellia treatment of osteoarthritis

    Friday, August 1st, 2008

    5-Loxin is a product made from Boswellia serrata (aka Salai guggal in Ayurvedic medicine).

    It has anti-inflammatory action, and was used in this study to treat osteoarthritis of the knee. (more…)

    Ayurvedic drug reported effective to treat osteoarthritis of the knee

    Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

    RA-11 (Artrex, Mendar) is a standardized multiplant Ayurvedic drug that contains Withania somnifera, Boswellia serrata, Zingiber officinale, and Curcuma longa. In a 32-week study of 90 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, it was more effective than placebo for pain relief.

    OK, but I have some questions.