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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    Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy treated with acupuncture

    Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy can produce severe neurological deficits and neuropathic pain.

    Researchers at the University Medical Center, in Hamburg, Germany, evaluated the response to acupuncture.

    First, the details.

    • 11 patients were assigned to a treatment group and evaluated for changes in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
      • Acupuncture for 10 weeks in addition standard medical care
      • Control patients who received standard medical care but no specific treatment
    • Nerve conduction studies were performed.

    And, the results.

    • In 5 of 6 patients treated with acupuncture, nerve conduction studies improved after treatment.
    • 3 of 5 patients in the control group showed no difference in nerve conduction studies.
      • 1 patient improved.
      • 1 showed impaired nerve conduction studies.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “ The data suggest that acupuncture has a positive effect on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. The encouraging results of this pilot study justify a randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy on the basis of nerve conduction studies.”

    Emphasis on the second sentence.

    12/11/11 22:55 JR

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