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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    CAM for menopause?

    The authors, from the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia make a potentially important point that hadn’t been mentioned here before.

    But, does it matter?

    First, the details.

    • Studies of prescription drugs and CAM were reviewed.

    And, the results.

    • Not effective for relieving hot flushes
      • Ginseng
      • Evening primrose
      • Dong quai
      • Vitamin E
    • Other effects of these therapies including possible improvements in mood are yet to be substantiated.

    The bottom line?
    In this area of research, the authors observe, “There is a general lacking of longer-term follow-up beyond the trial lengths of 6-12 weeks in the use of CAM, although women may be taking these medications for many years.”

    Now, if we find one that has some promise, a long-term study might be warranted.

    4/7/09 20:55 JR

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