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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    Habit cough and the use of biofeedback

    Let’s start by stating that “habit” cough is rare. Don’t jump to the conclusion that a cough lasting a month or so is “just” habit cough. See your doctor.

    Because it’s rare there are no large clinical studies of treatment options. Here’s a case report where biofeedback and cognitive coping was effective.

    An 11-year-old girl was diagnosed with habit cough.

    • She was treated with 6, one-hour sessions that included her family for part of the time.
    • She learned skin-temperature biofeedback in order to relax during the coughing episodes.
    • The girl was cough free at the end of the sixth session and remained cough free over two years.

    More on habit cough is written here.

    Illustration: Health/ Medical Data
    12/23/06 11:24 JR

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