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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    Acupuncture for chronic low back pain

    This observational study conducted by the Technische Universitat Munchen in Germany concluded “Acupuncture treatment is associated with clinically relevant improvements in patients suffering from chronic low back pain.”

    Here are the details.

    • More than 2500 patients completed questionnaires related to intensity and frequency of pain, functional ability, depression, and quality of life.
    • Patients had an average of 9 acupuncture sessions.

    And the results.

    • After 6 months, 45.5% of patients had clinically significant improvements in their functional ability.
    • The average number of days with pain decreased by half (from 21 to 10 days per month).
    • Employed patients reported a 30% decrease in days of work lost.
    • 8.1% of patients experienced side effects related to acupuncture — most were minor.
    • Depression improved as pain became less.

    These results support an earlier study of self-acupuncture summarized here.

    2/28/07 21:10 JR

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