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.

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    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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    Effects of acupuncture plus relaxation response on quality of life in HIV

    Treatment advances have transformed HIV/AIDS into a chronic manageable disease in which quality of life has become an important health outcome.

    This study by researchers from Boston University reports on the benefits of combined relaxation response achieved using soft music plus acupuncture in patients with HIV/AIDS.

    First, the details.

    • 119 patients were randomly assigned to acupuncture treatment, or acupuncture plus soft music, or soft music alone for 12 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • Those getting acupuncture plus music showed significant improvements in emotional, spiritual/peace, and physical and mental health quality of life compared to baseline.
    • In the music only relaxation group there was significant improvement emotional quality of life.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Adding the relaxation response to acupuncture may enhance improvement in quality of life of patients with HIV/AIDS.”

    It doesn’t appear that acupuncture alone made a significant impact on quality of life. However, the results support further study.

    11/13/07 15:03 JR

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