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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    Diet and the risk of acne.

    The diet-acne relationship is considered important in traditional Chinese medicine.

    Researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong identified several associations.

    First, the details.

    • 322 entrants to a university in Hong Kong participated.
    • The clinical severity of their acne using the Global Acne Grading System was documented.
    • The participants’ yin and yang scores were recorded and divided into a yin-predominant group and a yang-predominant group.

    And, the results.

    • No association between diet and acne was found when the participants were considered as a homogenous group.
    • In yin-predominant group:
      • Food from street stalls were significantly associated with a lower incidence of acne.
    • In yang-predominant group:
      • Desserts and fresh fruit juices were significantly associated with a higher incidence of acne.
      • Dairy and soy products were significantly associated with a lower incidence of acne.

    The bottom line?
    Very interesting.

    Generally, anything that is moving, ascending, bright, progressing, hyperactive, including functional disease of the body, pertains to yang. The characteristics of stillness, descending, darkness, degeneration, hypoactivity, including organic disease, pertain to yin.

    6/25/09 17:02 JR

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