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.

  • 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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    Summarizing benefits of acupuncture

    Dr. Paul White from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has reviewed the medical literature and published a summary of the state of the art of acupuncture to manage pain.

    Low back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee

    • Effective for short-term management.
    • But the response does not result in long-term benefits.

    Dental pain, colonoscopy pain, and intraoperative analgesia

    • Study results are inconclusive.

    Acupuncture during labor

    • Might be useful during the early stages.
    • Not beneficial throughout the course of labor.

    Postoperative pain

    • Results are inconclusive.
    • Response depends on the timing of treatment and the patient’s level of consciousness.

    In the same issue of the journal, Aneshesia & Analgesia, Dr. White and colleagues review the mechanisms behind the pain relief associated with acupuncture.

    2/20/08 20:37 JR

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