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 irritable bowel syndrome

    Yes, there are benefits for people with irritable bowel syndrome. But it doesn’t seem to matter whether they receive real of sham acupuncture.

    Reviewers from the University Hospital Heidelberg in Germany searched the medical literature for evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture in gastrointestinal diseases.

    They report that for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, improvement in quality of life was observed using any of the following treatments.

    • Standardized (or fixed regimen) acupuncture
    • Acupuncture individualized to meet the patient’s needs
    • Penetrating sham acupuncture
    • Non-penetrating sham acupuncture

    The response to acupuncture was similar to that achieved with psychotherapeutic interventions and antidepressants, and it might be explained as a patient response to ‘handling,’ and signaling by the acupuncturist of a holistic understanding of the patient’s problems.

    8/2/07 13:31 JR

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