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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    Safety of acupuncture

    Several years ago I wrote an article on the safety of acupuncture. I thought it worthwhile to see if any new reviews had been published.

    Based on the results of Google and PubMed searches, it seems the safety of acupuncture was a hot topic around 1999 to 2001, here, here, and here, for example. There is also an interesting article with a detailed table that chronicles the reported complications, with reference citations, types of practitioner, and outcomes between 1958 to 1999.

    Here are the top 3 reported adverse events related to acupuncture reported by 84 Japanese therapists following 65,482 acupuncture treatments in Japan.

    • Failure to remove needles (27 cases)
    • Ecchymosis (“black and blue” mark) without pain (9 cases)
    • Ecchymosis accompanied by pain (8 cases)

      7/4/06 11:08 JR

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