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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    Acupuncture to treat insomnia

    acupunctureManIn China, acupuncture is commonly used to treat insomnia.

    Researchers from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • Data from 46 studies of 3811 patients were reviewed and combined for a meta-analysis.

    And, the results.

    • There was a significant benefit of acupuncture vs no treatment and sham acupressure.
    • Acupuncture was significantly better than drug treatment for total sleep duration — increased for greater than 3 hours.
    • There was no difference between acupuncture and medications in average sleep duration.
    • Acupuncture plus medications showed a significantly better effect vs medications alone on total sleep duration.
    • Acupuncture plus herbs was significantly better than herbs alone on increasing sleep rates.
    • There were no serious adverse effects related to acupuncture.

    The bottom line?
    There appear to be benefits with acupuncture. However, the researchers acknowledge that better studies are needed.

    11/21/09 22:41 JR

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