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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Review of auricular acupuncture for insomnia

     Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the effectiveness of acupuncture administered to the ear to treat sleeplessness.

    First, the details.

    • Among 433 articles, 10 were worth reviewing.

    And, the results.
    Magnetic pellets auricular acupuncture (AA) vs placebo AA in 3 studies

    • Results suggest beneficial effects on sleep efficiency compared to placebo AA.

    Needle AA vs placebo AA in 1 study

    • No effectiveness of AA.

    Semen vaccariae (Wang bu liu xing) or magnetic pellet AA vs conventional drugs (estazolam or diazepam) in 4 studies.

    • Favorable effects for AA were found.
    • Info on semen vaccariae is here.

    Thumbtack needle AA vs. no treatment in 2 studies

    • Beneficial effects of AA on a sleep score reported.

    The bottom line?
    Yes, there are some positive studies.

    But the authors concluded, “because of the paucity and … poor quality of the data, … rigorously designed trials are warranted to confirm these results.”

    8/31/08 09:19 JR

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