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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Acupuncture for pain relief during labor

    Researchers at the University of Oxford, in the UK, assessed the role of acupuncture for epidural pain.

    First, the details.

    • 105 nulliparae (had not given birth before) undergoing labor induction at term were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
      • Acupuncture
      • Sham acupuncture
      • Control
    • The main outcome was the need for epidural analgesia during delivery.
    • Other outcomes measured included parenteral analgesia requirement, labor length, delivery mode, neonatal condition and postpartum hemorrhage.

    And, the results.

    • There was no difference in epidural analgesia between acupuncture and sham acupuncture or between acupuncture and control.
    • There were no significant differences in the other outcomes between the acupuncture groups and the control group.
    • Side effects or complications of acupuncture were not identified.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “There was no analgesic benefit with acupuncture for pain relief during induced labor in nulliparae.

    6/2/11 21:09 JR

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