The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    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.

  • 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 'Tea Tree Oil' Category

    Acne: Recommendations are easy; data, scarce

    Monday, July 11th, 2016

    Herbalists recommend more than a dozen herbal remedies for acne and scarring, according to a recent article.

    Unfortunately, only 1 of these herbals is supported by the results of a study in patients. (more…)

    Treating head lice, naturally

    Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

    Researchers at the University of Queensland, in St Lucia, Australia, evaluated tea tree oil + lavender oil. (more…)

    Herbals to treat psoriasis: A review of the evidence

    Monday, March 15th, 2010

    Dr. Sharon Jacob from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Florida and colleagues reviewed the scientific support for herbals used by patients with psoriasis.

    Here are the highlights.

    Gynecomastia associated with excessive use of lavender oil and tea tree oil

    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

    The New England Journal of Medicine has published a report of 3 boys aged 4, 7, and 10 who were diagnosed with gynecomastia, which the authors attributed to the use of the oils when it resolved after they stopped using them.

    Thanks to a reader who brings us up to date. (more…)

    Is there a role for herbal medicines in treating infections?

    Saturday, June 9th, 2007

    Not based on what we know right now.

    Here’s an overview.