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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    Benefits of music therapy during pregnancy

    The effects of music therapy on stress, anxiety, and depression in pregnant women were studied by researchers at the National Tainan Institute of Nursing in Taiwan.

    First, the details.

    • 236 pregnant women were randomly assigned to music therapy or a control.
      • The music therapy included 2 weeks of music exposure.
      • The control group received only general prenatal care.
    • Psychological health was assessed using the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (S-STAI) and Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).

    And, the results.

    • The music therapy group showed significant decreases in perceived stress, anxiety, and depression after delivery.
    • The control group only showed a significant decrease in perceived stress, which was less than in the music group.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “This controlled trial provides preliminary evidence that 2-week music therapy during pregnancy provides quantifiable psychological benefits.”

    It’s cheap and apparently a useful complementary treatment technique.

    11/16/08 17:41 JR

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