The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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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    Is acupuncture effective treatment for “hot flashes”?

    When The Washington Post published an article (discussed here) reporting the negative results from a study of acupuncture and other CAM treatments for hot flashes, it elicited an international response in defense of CAM.

    One writer used the opportunity to criticize the newspaper for being a shill for the pharmaceutical industry. Another questioned the design of the study — wrong needles used, wrong patients treated — as a possible reason for the negative results. A third writer noted that acupuncture is not the treatment of choice for hot flashes, and that a more representative study of Chinese practitioners would have used herbal medicine.

    OK, but it doesn’t change the original conclusion that acupuncture has not been effective treatment for hot flashes.

    6/30/06 20:12 JR

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