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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    Review: Yoga for arthritis

    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland, reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 11 published studies from 1980 to 2010 that used yoga as a treatment for arthritis were included.
    • All studies were small and control groups varied.

    And, the results.

    • No adverse events were reported.
    • Adherence to treatment was comparable or better than that typical for exercise.
    • Evidence was strongest for reduced disease disability and symptoms (tender/swollen joints, pain), and for improved self-efficacy and mental health.

    The bottom line?

    A summary of an earlier study by the same researchers is here.

    A broader review of CAM options to reduce pain in the elderly concluded that a broad range of self-management programs (yoga, massage therapy, tai chi, and music therapy) may provide benefits for older adults with chronic pain.

    4/28/11 18:51 JR

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