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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    NCCAM reviews reiki and ayurvedic

     The National Center for Contemporary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has updated their introductory reviews.

    Here’s what’s important.


    • More than 2.2 million adults in the United States have used Reiki.
    • It’s used for a wide variety of conditions.
    • But “Trial data for any one condition are scarce and independent replications are not available for each condition,” according to this review.
    • Overall, the value of reiki is unproven.


    • About 751,000 people in the United States had ever used ayurvedic medicine.
    • Of greatest interest (to me): “One-fifth of both US-manufactured and Indian-manufactured Ayurvedic medicines purchased via the Internet contain detectable lead, mercury, or arsenic.”

    9/2/08 20:11 JR

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