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 'Peppermint Oil' Category

    Review: Peppermint (Manta piperita)

    Sunday, April 10th, 2011

    It’s a popular herb used in many forms (ie, oil, leaf, leaf extract, and leaf water).

    Researchers at the San Diego-Rady Children’s Hospital, in California, compiled what’s known. (more…)

    Managing nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

    Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

    nude-pregnancy2 faculty at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Utah reviewed the evidence and make recommendations for treatment.

    Let’s focus on complementary options. (more…)

    Managing nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy

    Monday, July 12th, 2010

    nude-pregnancyThey’re among the cardinal signs of early pregnancy — experienced by 50% to 80% of women.

    Let’s focus on CAM options from this review by researchers at the University of Utah and the University of California at San Francisco. (more…)

    Arsenic, cadmium and lead in medicinal herbs

    Thursday, March 25th, 2010

    This study was conducted at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria using local herbals.

    I don’t know the relevance to herbals in other parts of the world, but the results are disturbing. (more…)

    Success with peppermint oil for IBS symptoms

    Saturday, November 15th, 2008

    An international group of researchers report that peppermint oil is “more effective than placebo in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).”

    It compared favorably to fiber and antispasmodic drugs too. (more…)

    Treating functional dyspepsia with STW 5

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    STW 5 (Iberogast) is an herbal preparation containing 9 plant extracts (including Iberis amara [Candytuft] peppermint, and chamomile). In this study, it was better than placebo in treating functional dyspepsia — a chronic or recurrent pain or discomfort centered in the upper abdomen. (more…)