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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.

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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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Review of acupuncture to treat insomnia

    Chinese researchers at Beijing Hospital of Chinese Medicine, in China, reviewed the evidence and concluded that research “in line with evidence-based medicine is urgently needed.”

    First, the details.

    • Among 80 articles, 20 studies (1907 cases) were included in the review.
      • 4 were high-quality studies and 16 were lower-quality.

    And, the results.

    • The authors noted that domestic researchers (Chinese) rely on “self-drawn standards,” while studies outside China are more likely to use scales that are standardized and broadly accepted by researchers in this field.
    • There are no high-quality clinical studies about acupuncture treatment of primary insomnia in China at the present, and the related evaluating methods could not definitely confirm the efficacy of acupuncture in relieving insomnia.

    The bottom line?

    This is a Chinese-language article published in a Chinese journal, Zhen Ci Yan Jiu.

    The message these authors have for their colleagues is “a strict and scientific clinical trail scheme, being in line with evidence-based medicine, is urgently needed in the coming studies on acupuncture treatment of primary insomnia.”

    8/30/10 20:48 JR

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