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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    The NCCAM view of CAM for fibromyalgia

    The National Center for CAM (NCCAM) has summarized the state of the science.

    Acupuncture

    • Has produced mixed results.
    • There’s some evidence supporting electroacupuncture, but the effects of are mostly short lived.
    • Traditional acupuncture had negative results in 2 studies.

    Magnesium

    • No conclusive scientific evidence that magnesium supplements relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.

    Massage therapy

    • Modest, preliminary support.
    • 2 studies had positive findings, while 2 others reported no benefits or short-term improvement.

    SAMe supplements

    • Several small studies had mixed results, with some evidence of benefit.
    • More research is needed.

    CAM with insufficient evidence

    • Biofeedback
    • Chiropractic
    • Hypnosis
    • Magnet therapy

    The bottom line?
    NCCAM has funded several fibromyalgia studies including tai chi, acupuncture, and electroencephalograph (EEG) biofeedback.

    7/11/08 17:18 JR

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