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.

  • 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.

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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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    Ayurvedic drug reported effective to treat osteoarthritis of the knee

    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.

    First, why have there been no other studies of this drug published since 2004?

    Second, almost one-third of the patients (28) dropped out of the study. I only have access to the abstract, but it isn’t unclear whether the reported results are based on the 90 patients who started the study (the intent-to-treat group) or just the patients who completed the study. Strictly speaking and considering the high percentage of drop-outs, the results should be based on the former, which would make it harder to show statistically significant differences between treatments.

    It’s true, I’m much more critical about these results than I was last night in the post about animal-assisted therapy.

    Go here for more information on the components in RA-11.

    10/18/06 21:17 JR

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