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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    Another look at acupuncture for rheumatoid arthritis

    Earlier this year, a review of CAM for rheumatoid arthritis concluded that despite earlier positive reports, marked differences among studies precluded recommendations for a specific acupuncture treatment course.

    Now, there’s another study.

    Researchers from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil randomly assigned 40 patients with active disease to a standard protocol of acupuncture or superficial (sham) acupuncture at non-acupuncture points for 9 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • There was no difference between groups as measured using the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 20 criteria.
    • ACR measures improvement in tender or swollen joint counts plus other criteria.
    • There was no difference in other clinical and laboratorial measures.
    • Compared to the start of the study, acupuncture was associated with improvement compared to the baseline visit.

    The bottom line?
    It’s another study that fails to distinguish between real and “sham” acupuncture.

    Yes, there was improvement reported with acupuncture compared to the beginning of the study, but there were no significant differences between real and “sham” acupuncture.

    11/11/07 16:29 JR

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