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.

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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, 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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    The long-term value of self-acupuncture for chronic musculoskeletal pain

    Acupuncture is expensive, but self-acupuncture might offer an effective treatment alternative. A retrospective audit of patients in the U.K. with chronic pain who were taught self-acupuncture as a home pain management strategy has been published. Each patient had responded to acupuncture previously and been taught self-acupuncture successfully using three acupuncture points (LI4, ST44, LR3).

    Here’s a summary or the results.

    • 52 patients (70% female)
    • 38 valid questionnaires returned (73%)
    • 87% still used self-acupuncture and experienced pain reduction
    • Pain relief of 5.7 on a visual analogue scale
    • Improved quality of life reported by 74%
    • No serious adverse effects reported

    Other studies summarized here concluded that for persistent non-specific low back pain, a short course of acupuncture appeared to provide modest benefit to health, at a relatively minor extra cost to the U.K. healthcare system.

    When used as self-treatment at home, patients who respond initially appear to have a good chance of continued pain relief.

    9/24/06 10:14 JR

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