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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    Summarizing benefits of acupuncture

    Dr. Paul White from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has reviewed the medical literature and published a summary of the state of the art of acupuncture to manage pain.

    Low back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee

    • Effective for short-term management.
    • But the response does not result in long-term benefits.

    Dental pain, colonoscopy pain, and intraoperative analgesia

    • Study results are inconclusive.

    Acupuncture during labor

    • Might be useful during the early stages.
    • Not beneficial throughout the course of labor.

    Postoperative pain

    • Results are inconclusive.
    • Response depends on the timing of treatment and the patient’s level of consciousness.

    In the same issue of the journal, Aneshesia & Analgesia, Dr. White and colleagues review the mechanisms behind the pain relief associated with acupuncture.

    2/20/08 20:37 JR

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