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 options to treat eczema

    Bastyr Center for Natural Health has published a review.

    Let’s summarize.

    • Coconut oil
      • Helps decrease inflammation and itching.
      • Reduces bacterial colonization of the skin, which may help prevent infection.
    • Essential fatty acids
      • Increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids (cold water fish or fish oil) helps decrease inflammation of the skin.
    • Probiotics
      • Some studies have shown that probiotics can be helpful, especially in children.
    • Chamomile
      • One study showed that topical chamomile cream was as effective as low-dose steroid cream.
      • Also taken internally as a tea.
    • Stress reduction
      • Biofeedback, hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques, and meditation help manage stress and can be part of a treatment plan.

    The bottom line?

    These are complementary to allopathic treatments.

    9/13/11 11:14 JR

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