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: CAM options to induce labor

    Researchers at Monash University, in Victoria, Australia, examined the scientific evidence for the use of CAM to stimulate labor.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Most CAM used for induction of labor is based on traditional knowledge rather than scientific research.
    • Currently, the clinical evidence is sparse, and it’s not possible to make firm conclusions regarding the effectiveness of these therapies.
    • Some supporting data
      • Breast stimulation for induction of labor
      • Acupuncture
      • Raspberry leaf
    • Might not be effective and possibly increase the risk of complications
      • Castor oil
      • Evening primrose oil.
    • No evidence from clinical studies
      • Homeopathy
    • May be harmful during pregnancy and should not be recommended for induction
      • Blue cohosh

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Midwives should develop a good understanding of these therapies, including both the benefits and risks, so they can assist women to make appropriate decisions.”

    5/2/11 20:47 JR

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