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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    Review of herbal medicines in gynecology

    Dr. Cathi Dennehy from the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco has reviewed the evidence.

    I was surprised by her assessment of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms.

    Here’s a summary of her findings.

    Therapies that carry a higher level of support from randomized controlled trial evidence.

    • Black cohosh for menopause.
    • Vitamins B1 and E for dysmenorrhea.
    • Calcium, vitamin B6, and chasteberry for premenstrual syndrome.
    • Chasteberry for cyclic breast tenderness.

    Dr. Dennehy concludes, “There were too few trials involving herbs and supplements in infertility to warrant a solid recommendation, but chasteberry, antioxidants, and Fertility Blend (chasteberry; green tea extracts; L-arginine; vitamins E, B6, and B12; folate; iron; magnesium; zinc; and selenium) have some preliminary support.”

    2/13/07 19:48 JR

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