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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 'Raynaud’s Disease' Category

    Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761 to treat Raynaud’s

    Monday, January 16th, 2012

    Cold temperatures or strong emotions in people with Raynaud’s phenomenon (disease) result in blood vessel spasms (attacks), which block blood flow to the fingers, toes, ears, and nose.

    Researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, in the Netherlands explored the possible beneficial effects and tolerability of Ginkgo biloba special extract EGb 761. (more…)

    Using ginkgo biloba to treat Raynaud’s disease

    Sunday, December 7th, 2008

    People with Raynaud’s disease experience cold and pain in their fingers, toes, nose, and ears when exposed to temperature changes or stress.

    The World Health Organization recommends using ginkgo to treat Raynaud’s disease.

    Actually, the scientific support for this recommendation is minimal –- just one positive study published in 2003. (more…)

    Ginkgo biloba vs nifedipine to treat Raynaud’s disease

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    Raynaud’s disease causes some areas of the body (fingers, toes, tip of the nose and ears) to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress. During a Raynaud’s attack, the arteries become narrow and limit blood flow to affected areas.

    During the American Academy of Family Physicians 2007 Annual Scientific Assembly Ginkgo biloba was reportedly less effective than the calcium channel blocker nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia). (more…)

    Garlic: What’s it good for?

    Sunday, October 7th, 2007

    Garlic (Allium sativum) is one of the most commonly used supplements.

    But based on the results of this review by Professor Ernst at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the UK, it’s most useful to simply season food. (more…)

    Balneotherapy for patients with arthritis

    Friday, September 22nd, 2006

    The aims of balneotherapy (treatment of disease by bathing) are to soothe the pain, improve joint motion, and as a consequence, relieve people’s suffering and make them feel well.

    Although most studies report positive outcomes, the trials are so poorly designed that “positive findings” should be viewed with caution, according to the Cochrane Collaboration, which included studies up to 2002.

    What’s happened since?