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 the 'Feverfew' Category

    Feverfew and ginger treat migraine

    Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

    The drug class, triptans is considered the “gold standard” of migraine therapy. Yet, they have limitations and many patients are seeking other therapeutic alternatives.

    Researchers in the US studied feverfew + ginger for treating attacks of migraine early during the mild headache phase. (more…)

    Reviewing non-pharmacological options to prevent migraine

    Thursday, July 7th, 2011

    At the University of Turin, in Italy, researchers reviewed the evidence.

    And contributors to the US Headache Consortium tell us why it’s important. (more…)

    Little evidence supports CAM for childhood headaches

    Friday, April 23rd, 2010

    Dr. Stewart Tepper from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio reports that “parents frequently ask healthcare professionals to provide ‘natural’ migraine care for their children.” (more…)

    Foods and supplements to help manage migraine

    Saturday, February 6th, 2010

    Reviewers from The New York Headache Center concluded, “The identification of food triggers, with the help of food diaries, is an inexpensive way to reduce migraine headaches.”

    Here’s their list of triggers and treatments. (more…)

    CAM for migraine in children

    Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

    Parents frequently ask healthcare professionals to provide “natural” migraine care for their children, says Dr. Stewart Tepper at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.

    Here’s what we know… and more. (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.


    Magnesium to prevent migraine?

    Monday, August 21st, 2006

    Here’s a quote to consider. “From beta-blockers to magnesium [Mg], — serendipity has guided migraine research. We may seem to have come a long way but migraine therapeutics, particularly preventive or prophylactic therapy, remains purely empirical.”

    OK, what is the status of using magnesium to prevent migraine?