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.

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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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    Benefits of spa treatment in people with fibromyalgia

    Researchers in The Netherlands report temporary improvement in quality of life.

    First, the details.

    • 134 patients with fibromyalgia were randomly assigned to a 2.5 week spa treatment course in Tunisia or to usual care only.
    • Changes in health were assessed using the Short Form 6D (SF-6D) as an overall measure of health and the visual analogue scale (VAS).

    And, the results.

    • Among 128 patients who completed the study, improvement in general health lasted until 6 months.
    • But after 1 year there were no differences between groups.
    • The cost of spa treatment — exposure to seawater (eg, hot tub) or application of sea products (eg, seaweed or sea salt) for health or beauty benefits — including airfare and lodging was about €1311 ($1771) per patient.

    The bottom line?
    The cost for most people is probably manageable, and there appears to be some short-term benefit.

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