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 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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    Effects of acupuncture on cardiac arrhythmias

      Researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have reviewed the literature.

    There’s good news and a challenge to future researchers.

    First, the details.

    • Online databases were searched for articles on the effectiveness of acupuncture for cardiac arrhythmias.
    • 8 studies were reviewed.

    And, the results.

    • 87% to 100% of patients converted to normal sinus rhythm after acupuncture.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Acupuncture seems to be effective in treating several cardiac arrhythmias.”

    Here’s the challenge: “For acupuncture to become a more viable intervention in Western medicine, more rigorous studies are needed with standardized treatment protocols, diverse patient populations, and long-term follow-up.”

    2/13/09 18:12 JR

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