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 'Rosemary' Category

    May is arthritis awareness month

    Thursday, May 20th, 2010

    Researchers from Bethesda North Hospital Pharmacy, in Cincinnati, Ohio reviewed the evidence for using supplements to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (more…)

    Initial study of Zyflamend for prostate cancer

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

    Laboratory research suggests that Zyflamend — an extract containing 10 herbs — decreases prostate cancer growth.

    Now, researchers from the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia are starting a systematic evaluation in patients. (more…)

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in herbal products

    Friday, September 5th, 2008

    Antibiotic resistance is the ability of a microorganism to withstand the effects of antibiotics.

    You’re exposed to these bacteria when you swallow the herbal medicine. (more…)

    Wolfsbane: Uses, risks, and admonitions

    Monday, April 21st, 2008

    “The wolfsbane I should dread;
    Nor will I dreary rosemarye,
    That always mourns the dead;
    But I will woo the dainty rose,
    With her cheeks of tender red.”
    …Thomas Hood

    Wolfsbane (Aconitum napellus, aconite, monkshood) is sometimes included in herbal remedies to treat inflammation, pain, musculoskeletal problems (eg arthritis), and heart problems. (more…)

    Cyclosporine, herbals, and immunosupressive therapy

    Friday, August 11th, 2006

    Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral) is used to prevent organ rejection following kidney, liver, and heart transplants. It may also be used to treat chronic rejection in patients previously treated with other immunosuppressive agents.

    The information in this article should be valuable for people taking cyclosporine for its immunosuppressant effect, and for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who are monitoring this therapy.

    Interactions between cyclosporine and St. John’s wort and rosemary are discussed. In addition, it reviews the purported immunostimulating effects of certain herbals and herbal medicines that are potential nephrotoxins.

    Illustration: University of Texas

    8/11/06 20:38 JR