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 to treat insomnia

    acupunctureManIn China, acupuncture is commonly used to treat insomnia.

    Researchers from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • Data from 46 studies of 3811 patients were reviewed and combined for a meta-analysis.

    And, the results.

    • There was a significant benefit of acupuncture vs no treatment and sham acupressure.
    • Acupuncture was significantly better than drug treatment for total sleep duration — increased for greater than 3 hours.
    • There was no difference between acupuncture and medications in average sleep duration.
    • Acupuncture plus medications showed a significantly better effect vs medications alone on total sleep duration.
    • Acupuncture plus herbs was significantly better than herbs alone on increasing sleep rates.
    • There were no serious adverse effects related to acupuncture.

    The bottom line?
    There appear to be benefits with acupuncture. However, the researchers acknowledge that better studies are needed.

    11/21/09 22:41 JR

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