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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    Is there a role for meditation in treating rheumatoid arthritis?

    This study concludes, “Mindfulness meditation may complement medical disease management by improving psychological distress and strengthening well-being in patients with RA.”

    The objective of the study was to assess the effect of a meditation training program, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which combines mindfulness meditation and yoga.

    First, the details.

    • 63 patients were randomly assigned to MBSR as an 8-week course plus a 4-month maintenance program, or to a wait list control group.
    • All participants received usual care from their rheumatologists.

    And, the results based on patient-completed questionnaires.

    • At 2 months there were no significant differences between the groups.
    • At 6 months the MBSR group experienced significant improvement in psychological distress and well-being.
    • There was a 35% reduction in psychological distress among those treated.
    • MBSR had no impact on RA disease activity.

    The bottom line?
    It sounds like MBSR helps you cope if you’re willing to dedicate the time.

    10/16/07 21:04 JR

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