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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    Acupuncture for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy

    Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia review the results of 3 studies.

    First, the details.

    • 2 small studies of mixed pelvic/back pain and 1 large high-quality study on pelvic pain were reviewed.
    • In each study, treatment options included usual care (A) plus the acupuncture treatment (B) or usual care (A) alone — A + B vs A.

    And, the results.

    • Acupuncture in addition to standard treatment was superior to standard treatment alone and physiotherapy in relieving mixed pelvic/back pain.
    • Women with well-defined pelvic pain had greater relief of pain with a combination of acupuncture and standard treatment, compared to standard treatment alone or stabilizing exercises and standard treatment.
    • Few and minor adverse events were reported.

    The bottom line?
    The authors conclude, “Limited evidence supports acupuncture use in treating pregnancy-related pelvic and back pain.”

    But the results are clouded by the study design (A + B vs A), which may predispose to erroneous positive findings with acupuncture. More on this is here.

    8/25/08 20:59 JR

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