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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    Acupuncture: What’s the evidence

    Professor Ernst presents an overview of Cochrane reviews on acupuncture.

    First, the details.

    • 32 reviews were found, covering a wide range of conditions.

    And, the results.

    • 25 of them failed to demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture.
    • 5 reviews arrived at positive or tentatively positive conclusions, while 2 were inconclusive.
    • The conditions most solidly supported by evidence are…
      • Chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting
      • Postoperative nausea/vomiting
      • Idiopathic headache

    The bottom line?
    The good professor concludes, “Cochrane reviews of acupuncture do not suggest that this treatment is effective for a wide range of conditions.”

    Do I detect negativity?

    You could just as easily conclude that acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting, postoperative nausea/vomiting, and idiopathic headache.

    9/17/08 21:02 JR

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