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 knee pain

    It’s better than sham acupuncture or no additional treatment.

    Researchers from Peninsula Medical School at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the UK reviewed 13 studies and found 5 with more than 1300 patients where they could reanalyze the results.

    Acupuncture was superior to sham acupuncture for both pain function as assessed by WOMAC (Western Ontario and McMaster Osteoarthritis Index). The differences were still significant at long-term follow-up.

    The bottom line?
    It’s another positive report for acupuncture as a treatment for chronic knee pain. More positive results are summarized here.

    5/10/07 18:58 JR

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