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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    Might mindfulness reduce the severity of hot flashes?

    Preliminary evidence supports the feasibility of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in women experiencing severe hot flashes, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    First, the details.

    • 15 women having at least 7 moderate to severe hot flashes per day attended 8 weekly MBSR classes.
    • The volunteers were assessed for menopause-related quality of life before and at the conclusion of the program.
    • Women kept a daily log of their hot flashes during the 8-week program and for 4 weeks thereafter.

    And, the results.

    • Quality-of-life increased significantly.
    • The severity of hot flash decreased 40% over 11 weeks.

    The bottom line?
    Note: the study reports reduced severity not fewer occurrences.

    Regardless, such a small group of volunteers and the absence of a placebo group doesn’t prove much. But as concluded by the authors, “it warrants further investigation.”

    9/20/07 17:22 JR

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