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

Archive for the 'Ephedra' Category

Limited value of herbals to lower blood pressure

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in New York, reviewed non-drug treatments.

Let’s focus on herbals. (more…)

Herbals used by pregnant women

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Researchers from Atlanta, Georgia and Boston report from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. (more…)

Ephedra and caffeine in athletes

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

The results of this study do not support the contention these supplements enhance either muscle strength or anaerobic exercise performance.

But a reader disputes the validity of the results. (more…)

What not to take before surgery

Friday, January 9th, 2009

OK, you’re scheduled for surgery, and you take herbals.

Does your surgeon know what you take?

Be smart. If you use any of the herbals on this list, tell your surgeon.


Effect of ephedra and caffeine on resistance-trained athletes

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

 The International Olympic Committee no longer bans caffeine and ephedrine-related alkaloids.

So, what’s their effect on muscular strength and anaerobic power? (more…)

Consumer alert: 12 dietary herbal supplements

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Caught in the act by the FDA, Herbal Science International, Inc. (aka Jen-On Herbal Science International, Inc.) is recalling 12 dietary supplements that contain ephedra, aristolochic acid, or human placenta.

Human placenta! (more…)

Herbal supplements for weight loss: What works, what doesn’t

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

In preparation for the upcoming weight management conferences in Europe, here is what we know about the value of herbals as an aid to weight loss.


Good news on ephedra-free weight loss products

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

They don’t contain ephedra.

This might seem intuitive, but with supplements you can’t be sure until you test.

Contaminated botanicals and dietary supplements

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Almost all supplements tested in this study contained measurable amounts of genistein and/or daidzein — known estrogenic agents. (more…)

Court rules, ephedrine is illegal

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

No dosage of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids is safe, and the sale of these products in the United States is illegal and subject to FDA enforcement action.

This ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver overrules an earlier decision by the District Court in Utah.