The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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    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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    Archive for the 'Danshen' Category

    Effects of herbals on warfarin therapy

    Sunday, June 12th, 2011

    Researchers at the University of Hong Kong, in China, studied the risk for an herbal:warfarin interaction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. (more…)

    Danshen to treat myocardial infarction

    Monday, October 26th, 2009

    Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) is used in China to treat several diseases, including acute heart attacks.

    The latest Cochrane Review is unimpressed. (more…)

    What not to take before surgery

    Friday, January 9th, 2009

    OK, you’re scheduled for surgery, and you take herbals.

    Does your surgeon know what you take?

    Be smart. If you use any of the herbals on this list, tell your surgeon.


    A review of suxiao jiuxin wan as treatment for angina pectoris

    Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

    Suxiao jiuxin wan is a mixture of herbs that is used in China along with western medicine to treat angina.

    This Cochrane review concluded that the evidence does not support its use. (more…)

    No interaction between danshen and theophylline

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    Danshen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhiza Bge, Salvia Root P.E.) extract is used to treat and prevent heart disease and senility in Asia, according to researchers from China. In some cases, patients might take danshen combined with theophylline (used to treat asthma).

    Since they are both metabolized by the same liver enzyme system (CYP1A2), this study was conducted to determine the risk of a drug interaction. (more…)

    Danshen safety and effectiveness to treat stroke

    Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

    Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) is used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat stroke, as well as heart disease, atherosclerosis, and blood clotting abnormalities.

    The Cochrane Collaboration updated an earlier review of danshen to treat ischemic stroke — the most common kind of stroke, caused by an interruption in blood flow to the brain (as when a clot blocks a blood vessel). (more…)