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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    Yoga for adolescents with irritable bowel syndrome

    According to these study results, yoga complements the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBD).

    Twenty-five adolescents aged 11 to 18 years with IBS were randomly assigned to yoga or a wait list control group. Those assigned to yoga received one-hour of instruction, demonstration, and practice. Over the next four weeks they practiced yoga at home with the help of a video.

    And the results in the yoga vs the wait list group.

    • Lower levels of functional disability
    • Less use of emotion-focused avoidance
    • Lower anxiety following the intervention
    • Lower scores for gastrointestinal symptoms and emotion-focused avoidance

    The bottom line?

    • These adolescents found yoga helped and indicated they would continue to use it to manage their IBS.

    Was it the yoga or simply a response to an activity that gave these young people a sense of greater control over their condition? I don’t know, but they concluded that their IBS improved, and that really is the bottom line.

    Maybe the researchers will follow-up in six months to see if the commitment to yoga and the improvement last.

    12/10/06 10:48 JR

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