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 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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    Confusing research results on acupuncture for menopausal problems

    Researchers from the University of Tromso, in Norway list contradictory study results.

    For natural menopause

    • 1 large study reported acupuncture was superior to self-care alone in reducing the number of hot flushes and improving the quality of life.
    • 5 small studies failed to show that the effect of acupuncture was limited to any particular points.

    The bottom line?

    The authors conclude, “Acupuncture is useful for reducing flushes in clinical practice, but there is mixed evidence on the nature of the effect.”

    There are 2 possible reasons for this discrepancy.

    • Researchers from Stockholm suggest that sham needling may be as powerful as verum (traditional) acupuncture,
    • Prof. Ernst believes there is a risk of bias in studies of acupuncture that use the A + B versus B study design. You can read more about that, here.

    1/14/10 23:59 JR

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