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 women with substance use, anxiety, and depression

    I originally emphasized the substance (smoking) use aspect of this study, but have edited this summary based on a reader’s comment shown below.

    More than 250 women received auricular or sham acupuncture as part of a structured psychoeducational treatment program for women with problems in substance use, anxiety, and depression.

    The real acupuncture group reported reduced physiological cravings for substances. They felt significantly less depressed, less anxious, and were better able to reflect on and resolve difficulties than women in the control group.

    The researchers conclude that auricular acupuncture “shows promise in being an effective, more viable treatment alternative to anxiolytics [antianxiety drugs].”

    5/11/07 10:32 JR

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