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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    Effects of acupuncture on cardiac arrhythmias

      Researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have reviewed the literature.

    There’s good news and a challenge to future researchers.

    First, the details.

    • Online databases were searched for articles on the effectiveness of acupuncture for cardiac arrhythmias.
    • 8 studies were reviewed.

    And, the results.

    • 87% to 100% of patients converted to normal sinus rhythm after acupuncture.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Acupuncture seems to be effective in treating several cardiac arrhythmias.”

    Here’s the challenge: “For acupuncture to become a more viable intervention in Western medicine, more rigorous studies are needed with standardized treatment protocols, diverse patient populations, and long-term follow-up.”

    2/13/09 18:12 JR

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