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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    Yoga for depression and anxiety in women

    Researchers from Azad University, in Mashhad, Iran report that yoga reduced anxiety but not depression.

    Here’s a summary of what they and others have found.

    First, the details.

    • 67 women were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
      • Twice weekly yoga classes of 90-minute duration for 2 months.
      • A waiting list and no yoga.

    And, the results.

    • There was no difference in depression between the groups at the end of the study.
    • However, those who took the yoga classes showed a significant decrease in anxiety.

    The bottom line?
    Other studies have come to positive conclusions as well.

    Fooyin University, Taiwan

    • 128 elderly people were assigned to a 70-minute silver yoga exercise program 3 times per week for 6 months or to no treatment.
    • Sleep quality, depression, and health status were significantly improved in the yoga group.

    Bangalore Institute of Oncology, Bangalore, India

    • 88 breast cancer patients were randomly assigned to yoga or brief supportive therapy prior to radiotherapy treatment.
    • There were significant decreases in anxiety, depression, perceived stress, morning salivary cortisol, and average cortisol in the yoga group vs controls.

    Other studies with positive results are summarized here.

    4/6/09 20:30 JR

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