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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    Asessing the value of tai chi for osteoarthritis

    Professor Ernst and colleagues from Universities of Exeter & Plymouth in the UK have targeted tai chi for their unwavering critique.

    Here’s what they found.

    They zero in on the design and results of 12 studies.

    And, the results.

    • 2 studies suggest significant pain reduction in knee osteoarthritis compared to routine treatment and an attention control program (teaching mental skills to help patients stay in control).
    • 3 studies report no significant pain reduction on multiple sites of pain.
    • 2 of 4 studies suggest improvement in physical function (based on the results of activity of daily living or WOMAC) compared to routine treatment or wait-list control.

    The bottom line?
    The authors conclude, “There is some encouraging evidence suggesting that tai chi may be effective for pain control in patients with knee osteoarthritis. However, the evidence is not convincing for pain reduction or improvement of physical function.”

    They also say that more research is warranted.

    11/21/07 20:57 JR

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