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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    Another review of acupuncture for rheumatoid arthritis

    Prof. Ernst and colleagues think more rigorous research is warranted.

    First, the details.

    • 236 potentially relevant studies were identified.
    • The results of 8 studies were worth reviewing.

    And, the results.

    • 4 studies that compared manual or electro-acupuncture with penetrating or non-penetrating sham acupuncture failed to show specific effects of acupuncture on pain.
    • 1 study of manual acupuncture vs indomethacin suggested favorable effects of acupuncture in terms of total response rate.
    • 3 studies of acupuncture plus moxibustion vs conventional drugs failed to show that acupuncture plus moxibustion was superior in terms of response rate, pain reduction, or joint swelling index.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Penetrating or non-penetrating sham-controlled randomized clinical trials failed to show specific effects of acupuncture for pain control in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.”

    In the past year, others have come to similar conclusions here and here.

    8/21/08 19:30 JR

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