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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    The NCCAM view of CAM for fibromyalgia

    The National Center for CAM (NCCAM) has summarized the state of the science.


    • Has produced mixed results.
    • There’s some evidence supporting electroacupuncture, but the effects of are mostly short lived.
    • Traditional acupuncture had negative results in 2 studies.


    • No conclusive scientific evidence that magnesium supplements relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.

    Massage therapy

    • Modest, preliminary support.
    • 2 studies had positive findings, while 2 others reported no benefits or short-term improvement.

    SAMe supplements

    • Several small studies had mixed results, with some evidence of benefit.
    • More research is needed.

    CAM with insufficient evidence

    • Biofeedback
    • Chiropractic
    • Hypnosis
    • Magnet therapy

    The bottom line?
    NCCAM has funded several fibromyalgia studies including tai chi, acupuncture, and electroencephalograph (EEG) biofeedback.

    7/11/08 17:18 JR

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