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.

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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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    Treating insomnia with meditation plus CBT

    Researchers from Stanford University Medical Center in California combined mindfulness meditation with cognitive-behavior therapy for insomnia.

    First, the details.

    • 30 adults with psychophysiological insomnia, as defined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Work Group, participated in a 6-week study of mindfulness meditation, sleep restriction, stimulus control, sleep education, and sleep hygiene.
    • Sleep diaries and self-reported pre-sleep arousal were assessed weekly.
    • Secondary measures of insomnia severity, arousal, mindfulness skills, and daytime functioning were assessed at before and after treatment.

    And, the results.

    • Overall, there were statistically and clinically significant improvements in several nighttime symptoms of insomnia.
    • Statistically significant reductions in pre-sleep arousal, sleep effort, and dysfunctional sleep-related cognitions were also reported.
    • There was a significant correlation between the number of meditation sessions and the changes measured.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded “The findings indicate that mindfulness meditation can be combined with cognitive-behavior therapy, and this integrated intervention is associated with reductions in both sleep and sleep-related arousal.

    5/29/08 20:46 JR

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