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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    Qigong and exercise for neck pain in the elderly

    There were “no significant differences for pain, neck pain, disability, and quality of life,” according to researchers at Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany.

    First, the details.

    • 117 elderly patients with chronic neck pain (average duration 19 years) were randomly assigned to treatment.
      • Qigong (24 sessions over 3 months)
      • Exercise (24 sessions over 3 months)
      • Waiting list control
    • Patients completed standardized questionnaires at the start of the study and after 3 and 6 months.

    And, the results.

    • After 3 months, there were no differences in neck pain and disability between any of the groups.
    • No differences after 6 months between groups.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Further studies should include outcomes more suitable to elderly patients, longer treatment, and patients with less chronic pain.”

    2/24/09 19:53 JR

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