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.

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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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    Archive for May, 2012

    Music to manage chronic pain

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

    Treating chronic pain is challenging. Often, the reason for the pain isn’t clear and may require combinations of treatments before finding relief, if then.

    Researchers at the Centre Mémoire de Ressources et de Recherches, in Paris, France assessed the usefulness of their music intervention to manage patients with chronic pain. (more…)

    Bath salts becoming illegal

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

    This has nothing to do with taking a bath.

    Researchers at the University of Florida College of Medicine, in Gainesville, tell us, “The abuse of psychoactive “bath salts” (PABS) has become commonplace, and patients with PABS overdoses are presenting to emergency departments with increasing frequency. (more…)

    Consumer Alert: “Bath Salts”

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

    Unlike traditional cosmetic bath salts, which are packaged and sold for adding to bath water for soaking and cleaning, drugs sold as “bath salts” have no legitimate use for bathing and are intended for substance abuse.

    Confused? (more…)

    Lavender essential oil to treat migraine

    Saturday, May 26th, 2012

    It’s used for depression, headache, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, and other stress-related conditions.

    Researchers in Germany and Iran conducted the first placebo-controlled study of lavender essential oil to treat migraine headaches. (more…)

    The role of expectation on the response to lavender aromatherapy

    Saturday, May 26th, 2012

    Different theories attempt to explain the relaxation response to lavender aromatherapy.

    This study suggests there’s another reason. (more…)

    Antianxiety effects of silexan, an oral lavender preparation

    Saturday, May 26th, 2012

    Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna, in Austria, studied the anxiolytic effect of Silexan, an oral lavender oil capsule preparation, compared to placebo. (more…)