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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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 to treat pain

    Researchers at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Germany, performed a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of yoga on pain and associated disability.

    First, the details.

    • 16 studies of varying quality were included in the review.
      • 6 studies: back pain
      • 2 studies: rheumatoid arthritis
      • 2 studies: headache/migraine
      • 6 studies: other indications

    And, the results.

    • All studies reported positive effects in favor of the yoga.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Despite some limitations, there is evidence that yoga may be useful for several pain-associated disorders. Moreover, there are hints that even short-term interventions might be effective.”

    They recommend more research to identify patients that might be most likely to benefit from yoga.

    12/20/11 19:38 JR

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