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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    The biggest loser in CAM for 2006

    Loser: Not only doesn’t it work, but governments all over the world are piling on black cohosh.

    • Useless to prevent hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.


    • Caution during pregnancy (particularly during the first trimester where there is concern over its purported labor-inducing effects) and during lactation.

    Poor quality control

    • Significant variability in the contents of different brands.

    Warnings, warnings, warnings

    • Japan?s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has now issued a warning to Japanese users of black cohosh.
    • The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency of the U.K. issued new labeling regulations with warnings.
    • Australia requires manufacturers to add safety warnings to their labels.
    • European Medicines Agency advised consumers to stop taking black cohosh and consult their doctor if they develop signs and symptoms of liver injury.

    12/30/06 22:20 JR

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