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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Review of acupuncture to treat alcohol dependence

    Acupuncture has been used in the treatment of substance-related disorders for the past 30 years.

    Researchers at Kyung Hee University Medical Center, in Seoul, Korea, reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 11 studies in 1,110 people were systematically reviewed.
    • Only 2 of 11 studies were of high quality.

    And, the results.

    • 4 studies of acupuncture vs sham treatments reported data for alcohol craving.
      • 3 studies reported no significant differences.
    • 4 trials compared acupuncture and no acupuncture to conventional therapies
      • 3 reported significant reductions.
    • No differences between acupuncture and sham treatments were found for completion rates.
      • There were also no differences between acupuncture and no acupuncture.
    • Only 3 studies reported acupuncture-related side effects, which were mostly minimal.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “The results of the included studies were equivocal.”

    After 30 years we should expect more.

    4/13/10 21:06 JR

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