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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    A bewildering study of acupuncture treatment of dysmenorrhea

    Why do CAM journals publish useless studies?

    Case in point.

    The magazine is called Evidenced-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

    First, the details of the study.

    • 15 consecutive patients with NSAID-resistant dysmenorrhea related pain were treated with acupuncture.
    • No placebo or sham acupuncture group for comparison.
    • Researchers and patients knew their treatment.

    And, the pseudo-results.

    • 13 of 15 patients had less pain.
    • Average pain duration was reduced.
    • Use of pain medicine decreased.
    • Despite less drug use, the cost of treatment was higher due to the added cost of acupuncture..

    The bottom line?
    There is none.

    • No proof acupuncture is better than no acupuncture for this use.
    • No proof that the reduction in pain medicine use would have been different compared to no acupuncture.
    • It certainly wasn’t cost effective.

    9/23/07 16:18 JR

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