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

A profile of CAM in 2017

The use of complementary and alternative medicines is increasing in patients with chronic diseases. This study reports complementary and alternative medicine use frequency and factors that contribute to its use.

First, the details

Five hundred people participated by completing a 2-part questionnaire (including demographic form and researcher-created questionnaire)

And, the results


Electroacupuncture and health-related quality of life and heart rate in fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects 2% of Mexicans, of which 80% to 90% are women. This study examined the effects of electroacupuncture on health-related quality of life and heart rate variability in women with fibromyalgia.

First, the details

Twenty women with fibromyalgia received a 10-weeks of electroacupuncture. Primary outcome measures were the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Short Form 36 Health Survey Questionnaire, and heart rate variability.



Vitamin D deficiency and the risk of statin-related myalgia in HIV

There is a significant association between vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of statin-related symptomatic myalgia (muscle pain) in the general population; but how does it affect HIV-infected persons?

Here’s what they did.


Limits and benefits of green tea in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

This study aimed to determine the effect of a green tea supplement on anthropometric (measurement of the size and proportions) and inflammatory factors in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Here’s what they did.


CAM use by children with pain in the United States

CAM is frequently used by children with pain in the USA and many parents report benefits for their child’s symptoms.

What we know

Chronic pain is reported by 15-25% of children. The objective of this study was to provide estimates of CAM use by children with pain in the United States.

The study revealed

CAM use among children with pain was associated with female sex, higher income, and presence of 4+ comorbidities.

The 2 most commonly used CAM were biologically-based therapies (47.3%) (e.g., special diets and herbal supplements) and manipulative or body-based therapies (46.3%) (e.g., chiropractic and massage).

Using zinc to prolong botulinum toxin treatment response

Structure of Botulinum ToxinResearchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, determined the effect of oral zinc supplementation on the efficacy and duration of botulinum toxin treatments.



Researchers at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, in Sacramento, assessed the impact of live interactive teledermatology consultations on changes in diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes.


Review: Homeopathic remedies in dermatology

Researchers in Brussels, Belgium, tell us, “Homeopathic therapies are routinely used for the management of skin diseases. However, there is a lack of evidence-based data on their effectiveness.”

So, they reviewed the available evidence.


FDA reports on the safety of dermal fillers

They are the ultimate complementary medicine.


When is black cohosh not black cohosh?

This site has stated that the evidence for using black cohosh to treat the symptoms of menopause is disappointing.

A study in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry suggests that one reason might be related to the lack of manufacturing standards in the production of this product, which leads to significant variability in the contents of different brands.


Stop smoking? What are the chances?

There are lots of benefits for those who stop smoking. I don’t want to get into that again. Rather, let’s look at the likelihood that if someone stops smoking, one year later they will still be a nonsmoker. Also, let’s review the impact of smoking cessation programs.


Ah shi acupuncture to treat acne

Researchers at East-West Neo Medical Center, in Seoul, Korea, treated people with moderately severe acne vulgaris.


Consumer Alert: Miracle Mineral Solution

The FDA has warned consumers not to use Miracle Mineral Solution, an oral liquid solution also known as “Miracle Mineral Supplement” or “MMS.”

Believe it or not, this product, when used as directed, produces industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health, including causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.


Phototherapy treatment of acne vulgaris

Researchers from Cairo University in Egypt compared pulsed dye laser (PDL), intense pulsed light (IPL), and light-emitting diode (LED) phototherapy.


Diet and the risk of acne.

The diet-acne relationship is considered important in traditional Chinese medicine.

Researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong identified several associations.


Is there a diet-acne connection?

Drs. Jonette Keri and Rajiv Nijhawan from the University of Miami in Florida have reviewed the evidence.

Here are the highlights.


Acne and touching your face

For the average American kid — you know the one: has caring parents, lives in a nice place, with no wants or needs — acne is likely to be the first event that can not be easily controlled to their satisfaction.

It’s God’s way of saying, “Look, there are going to be things in you life that you just have to make the best of. Get used to it. You can practice on acne.”


Soap and acne

In an adolescent’s zeal to punish pimples, there is a tendency to select the most harsh, abrasive skin cleansers available. If sandpaper could be made to produce suds, some young people (and adults) would use it.

Craig Burkhart, MD, of the Department of Dermatology at Ohio University School of Medicine has a better approach.


Acne: Recommendations are easy; data, scarce

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.


Acne cosmetica and other myths

Acne cosmetica was first described over 30 years ago. It was proposed that substances in cosmetic products caused the formation of comedones (blackheads) and, in some cases, an eruption. Changes in cosmetic ingredients make acne cosmetica much less common today, although it is reported occasionally.

Dr. Zoe Draelos, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine, published a review that answers many issues about cosmetics, cosmeceuticals and acne. Here are 4 myths, dispelled.