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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Treating tension-type headache with acupuncture

    It could be a valuable non-pharmacological tool in patients with frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches, according to this Cochrane review.

    First, the details.

    • 11 trials with 2317 participants met the inclusion criteria.

    And, the results.

    • 2 large studies of acupuncture vs treatment of acute headaches or routine care found significant and clinically relevant short-term (up to 3 months) benefits of acupuncture in the number of headache days and pain intensity.
    • A meta-analysis of 5 studies of acupuncture vs sham acupuncture reported significant benefits of acupuncture over sham for response and several other outcomes.
    • 3 of 4 comparisons of acupuncture vs physiotherapy, massage, or relaxation had study design problems that made data interpretation difficult.

    The bottom line?
    With the addition of 6 studies since the last review, the authors conclude that acupuncture could be a valuable non-pharmacological tool in patients with frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches.

    1/23/09 22:09 JR

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