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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    Managing nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

    nude-pregnancy2 faculty at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Utah reviewed the evidence and make recommendations for treatment.

    Let’s focus on complementary options.


    • Ginger, chamomile, peppermint, and red raspberry leaf tea are most commonly recommended herbal treatments for “morning sickness.”
    • Only ginger has research supporting it.
      • Ginger at least 1 gram per day (in divided doses) reduces symptoms of nausea and vomiting in pregnant women with nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy.
      • It’s not clear whether ginger is superior to pyridoxine (vitamin B6), but it’s at least equivalent.

    Acupressure and acupuncture

    • Evidence supporting acupressure or acupuncture to alleviate nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy is mixed.

    Hypnosis, behavior modification, and psychotherapy

    • These treatments have never been compared to placebo.
    • It’s possible that in some women, vomiting becomes a conditioned or anticipatory response and would be amenable to hypnosis or other psychotherapeutic approaches.

    12/1/09 21:31 JR

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