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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    A bewildering study of acupuncture treatment of dysmenorrhea

    Why do CAM journals publish useless studies?

    Case in point.

    The magazine is called Evidenced-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

    First, the details of the study.

    • 15 consecutive patients with NSAID-resistant dysmenorrhea related pain were treated with acupuncture.
    • No placebo or sham acupuncture group for comparison.
    • Researchers and patients knew their treatment.

    And, the pseudo-results.

    • 13 of 15 patients had less pain.
    • Average pain duration was reduced.
    • Use of pain medicine decreased.
    • Despite less drug use, the cost of treatment was higher due to the added cost of acupuncture..

    The bottom line?
    There is none.

    • No proof acupuncture is better than no acupuncture for this use.
    • No proof that the reduction in pain medicine use would have been different compared to no acupuncture.
    • It certainly wasn’t cost effective.

    9/23/07 16:18 JR

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