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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    Review: Tai chi for osteoarthrits

     Prof. Ernst and his associates at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, UK set their sites on tai chi.

    Yes, “there is some encouraging evidence suggesting that tai chi may be effective for pain control in patients with knee osteoarthritis.”

    First, the details.

    • They searched the medical literature hither and yon, not to mention from pillar to post.

    And, the results.

    • 12 studies were worth reviewing.
    • In patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, 2 studies suggested significant pain reduction with tai chi vs routine treatment and an attention control program, based on the response using a visual analogue scale or Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC).
    • 3 studies did not report significant pain reduction.
    • 2 studies suggested improved physical function on activities of daily living or WOMAC vs routine treatment or wait-list control.
    • 2 other studies did not.
      • Activities of daily living include bathing, showering, dressing, getting in or out of bed or a chair, using the toilet, and eating.

    The bottom line?
    Yes, there’s some encouraging evidence. But, it’s “not convincing for pain reduction or improvement of physical function.”

    5/10/08 21:15JR

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