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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    Iyengar yoga in a cancer center

    ├é┬áResearchers from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada report how Iyengar yoga affected their patients’ worst symptoms and more.

    First, the details.

    • This study included 24 patients treated for cancer within the previous 6 months.
    • They participated in 10, 90-minute weekly Iyengar yoga classes.
    • The researchers looked for changes in their patients’ most-bothersome symptom, quality of life and spiritual well-being, and mood disturbance.

    And, the results.

    • Statistically significant improvements were reported in most-bothersome symptom, quality of life, spiritual well-being, and mood disturbance during the program.
    • After the study, quality of life and mood disturbance significantly improved over time.

    The bottom line?
    The participants appeared to benefit from participating in the yoga program.

    Maybe a placebo group isn’t necessary under these circumstances. For those who disagree, the results of a similar study in breast cancer patients are summarized here, along with a link to background information on the Iyengar method of yoga.

    9/5/08 20:49 JR

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