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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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    Review: Meditation to treat ADHD

    Researchers at KhonKaen University, in KhonKaen, Thailand reviewed the evidence for this Cochrane report on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    First, the details.

    • 4 studies, including 83 participants, were included.
      • 2 studies used mantra meditation while the other 2 used yoga.
      • Comparisons were made to drugs, relaxation training, non-specific exercises, and standard treatment control.
    • Design limitations in the studies caused a high risk of bias.

    And, the results.

    • Only 1 study provided data appropriate for analysis, and reported no statistically significant difference between meditation and drug therapy on the teacher rating ADHD scale.
    • Likewise, there were no significant differences between meditation therapy and standard therapy in the distraction test or teacher rating ADHD scale.
    • Adverse effects of meditation have not been reported.

    The bottom line?

    There’s no shortage of websites that anecdotally report the benefits of meditation to treat ADHD.

    However, based on a limited number of studies that are compromised by a high risk of bias and conducted in a small number or patients, these authors concluded, “More trials are needed” before meditation is considered an evidence-based option for treating ADHD.

    6/18/10 19:16 JR

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