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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    Defining a role for CAM in migraine

    Two recently published reviews on the treatment of migraine outline the role for CAM.

    For the management of migraine in children, Professors Umberto Balottin and Cristiano Termine, who are from the Child Neuropsychiatry Unit at the University of Insubria and Macchi Foundation Hospital in Varese, Italy conclude,

    • “For the prophylaxis of migraine, interventions such as identification and avoidance of trigger factors, regulation of lifestyle, relaxation, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral treatment and psychological or psychotherapeutic interventions (eg, psychodynamics) could be much more effective than pharmacotherapy.

    In a pharmacy continuing education article, Dr. George DeMaage from Ferris State University, College of Pharmacy in Michigan states,

    • “The United States Headache Consortium (USHC) provides evidence-based information on the use of nonpharmacologic therapies in the treatment of migraine headaches. The guidelines are based on results of meta-analysis data, suggesting that cognitive-behavioral programs including stress management and biofeedback are effective in migraine prophylaxis. Additional meta-analysis data reported that biofeedback in combination with relaxation was similar in efficacy to beta blockers in the prevention of migraine.”

    A summary on the use of biofeedback is available here.

    4/13/07 19:48 JR

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