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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    Acupuncture: What’s the evidence

    Professor Ernst presents an overview of Cochrane reviews on acupuncture.

    First, the details.

    • 32 reviews were found, covering a wide range of conditions.

    And, the results.

    • 25 of them failed to demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture.
    • 5 reviews arrived at positive or tentatively positive conclusions, while 2 were inconclusive.
    • The conditions most solidly supported by evidence are…
      • Chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting
      • Postoperative nausea/vomiting
      • Idiopathic headache

    The bottom line?
    The good professor concludes, “Cochrane reviews of acupuncture do not suggest that this treatment is effective for a wide range of conditions.”

    Do I detect negativity?

    You could just as easily conclude that acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting, postoperative nausea/vomiting, and idiopathic headache.

    9/17/08 21:02 JR

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