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 for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

    Dr. Ting Bao (photo) from The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, Maryland tells us, “Despite recent advances in pharmacologic antiemetic therapy, additional treatment for breakthrough chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is needed.

    What about acupuncture?

    • It’s safe with minimal side effects.
    • Several studies suggest it effectively controls chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
    • A recent meta-analysis of those studies demonstrated that acupuncture significantly reduced the proportion of patients experiencing acute chemotherapy-induced vomiting.
    • However, acupuncture didn’t alleviated acute chemotherapy-induced nausea or delayed its onset.

    The bottom line?
    Dr. Bao says, “These results were limited by the fact that they predated the use of aprepitant [Emend], and that only 1 or 2 acupuncture points were stimulated during acupuncture treatment.”

    Future studies should address these issues.

    5/23/09 17:47 JR

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