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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    Consumer alert: 12 dietary herbal supplements

    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!

    These products contain ephedra.

    • Wu Yao Shun Qi San
    • Qing Bi Tang (Nasal Cleanser)
    • Zhong Fong Huo Luo Wan (Stroke Revito Formula)
    • Xiao Qing Long Tang (Little Green Dragon)
    • Ding Chuan Tang
    • Xiao Xu Ming Tang
    • Feng Shi Zhi Tong Wan (Joint Relief)
    • Guo Min Bi Yan Wan
    • Fang Feng Tong Sheng San

    No dose of ephedra is considered safe.

    These products contain aristolochic acid, a cancer causing chemical and kidney toxin.

    • Tou Tong San (Headache Formula)
    • Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang (Du Huo Joint Relief)

    This product contains human placenta that may transmit disease.

    • Seng Jong Tzu Tong Tan

    The bottom line?
    The FDA is moving to gain tighter control the quality of manufactured supplements. It can’t come soon enough.

    4/14/08 15:59 JR

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