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.

  • 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.

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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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    Are psychological treatments effective for fibromyalgia pain?

    fibromyalgiaSome are effective, some are promising, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill.

    First, the details.

    • There were 14 studies of cognitive-behavioral therapy and operant-behavioral therapy.
    • 5 studies of relaxation, biofeedback, and hypnotherapy
    • 2 of writing intervention

    And, the results.

    • The strongest research support for fibromyalgia pain is with cognitive-behavioral therapy and operant-behavioral therapy.
    • Relaxation as a single treatment has not been useful.
    • Hypnotherapy and writing intervention have mild treatment effects.
    • Psychological treatment is effective in fibromyalgia pain.
    • No studies of psychoanalytic therapy to treat fibromyalgia pain have been published.

    The bottom line?
    The authors believe more research is need.

    A more recent review came to the same conclusion due to the poor level of study design in available research

    11/20/09 20:38 JR; updated 6/29/11 JR

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