The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is 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.

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    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.

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    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 'Chasteberry' Category

    Review: Herbal treatments for prementrual syndrome

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    Some herb remedies seem useful, according to researchers at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in Italy. (more…)

    Review of herbal medicines in gynecology

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    Dr. Cathi Dennehy from the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco has reviewed the evidence.

    I was surprised by her assessment of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms.

    Here’s a summary of her findings.


    Chasteberry to treat breast discomfort and premenstrual syndrome

    Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

    Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus), or monk’s pepper is an herbal medicine that may be effective in treatment of cyclical breast discomfort and premenstrual syndrome. This is the conclusion reached in a review published in American Family Physician.

    On the other hand?


    A closer look at FertilityBlend

    Thursday, March 8th, 2007

    In two studies here and here, a supplement called FertilityBlend increased the rate of pregnancy in women who had tried unsuccessfully to conceive for 6 to 36 months.


    Black cohosh does not reduce menopausal symptoms

    Friday, December 22nd, 2006

    Another study reports that black cohosh is useless to prevent hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.

    Here are the results from the Herbal Alternatives (HALT) for Menopause Study, funded by the National Institutes of Health.