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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    Review: Exercise to manage post-natal depression

    The National Institutes of Health and Clinical Excellence in England recommend that health professionals consider exercise to treat post-natal depression (aka postpartum depression).

    Researchers from the University of Birmingham in the UK reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • A literature search revealed 5 studies that compared any type of exercise to other treatments or no treatment in women with post-natal depression.
    • The Delphi criteria were used to assess the quality of included studies.
      • The components of the Delphi criteria are listed here (click Table 1).
    • The data were combined for meta-analysis.
    • The main outcome was post-natal depression.

    And, the results.

    • Compared to no exercise, exercise reduced symptoms of post-natal depression.
    • However, there were big differences between the studies (heterogeneity), which weakened the findings.
    • In fact, when 1 study that combined social support + exercise was removed from the meta-analysis, no benefit from exercise was found.

    The bottom line?
    It’s not known whether exercise reduces symptoms of post-natal depression.

    Support for the authors’ conclusions can be found here and here.

    3/13/09 23:16 JR

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