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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    No benefit from acupuncture for allergic rhinitis

    Maybe if we do a bigger, better, study…

    First, the details.

    • Studies were included in this review if they compared acupuncture to a sham or inactive acupuncture treatment (placebo) with or without standard care.
    • Re-analysis of the results (meta-analysis) was performed where feasible.

    And, the results.

    • 7 generally of poor quality studies were reviewed.
    • The meta-analysis failed to show benefits from acupuncture to treat symptoms,
    • There were no changes in IgE — antibodies that recognize antigens (eg, dust mites, pollen) so the body can defend against them.

    The bottom line?
    Ever optimistic, the authors hold out hope that, “A large well conducted [study], which overcomes identified methodological problems in the existing [studies], would be required to resolve this question.”

    Yea. We’ll get right on it.

    An earlier study reported benefit when acupuncture was started before symptoms began.

    5/1/08 08:41 JR

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