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 improves quality of life in patients with chronic pancreatitis

    Chronic pancreatitis is most often caused by alcoholism and alcohol abuse. The ability to get these patients to commit and stick with yoga classes twice weekly for 12 weeks is a major accomplishment. Improved quality of life is a bonus.

    Here are the results from two studies.

    Thirty patients were randomized to the yoga group and 30 to the control group.

    After 12 weeks there was a significant improvement in overall quality of life (as measured by the SF-36), symptoms of stress, mood changes, alcohol dependence, and appetite

    The yoga group expressed a desire to continue with the program. There were no changes in the control group.

    In an earlier article published by the same author, 30 patients with chronic pancreatitis who participated in yoga classes experienced decreasing self-perceptions of pain and anxiety and reduced use of pain medicine. They also had significant improvement in their diet and gained weight compared to before yoga.

    1/20/07 18:56 JR

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