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.

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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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    Status of hypnosis/guided imagery for fibromyalgia

    Researchers in Germany performed a systematic review of the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 6 studies with 239 patients who participated in 7 to 12 hypnosis/guided imagery sessions were analyzed.
    • 3 studies performed follow-up.

    And, the results.

    • Hypnosis/guided imagery significantly reduced pain vs controls at final treatment.
    • Hypnosis/guided imagery did not reduce limitations of health-related quality of life at the final treatment vs controls.
    • Limited data prevented an assessment of changes in fatigue, sleep, and depressed mood at final treatment and at follow-up.
    • Similarly, changes in pain and health-related quality of life at follow-up were not calculated because of limited data.
    • The significant effect on pain at final treatment was associated with low methodological and low treatment quality.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded that there’s insufficient evidence to recommend hypnosis/guided imagery as a treatment for fibromyalgia.

    More and better research, which focuses on the symptoms of the disease are needed.

    9/22/11 21:23 JR

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