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 in patients with knee osteoarthritis

    Researchers from the National Taiwan University, in Taipei studied the immediate effects of acupuncture on gait in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

    First, the details.

    • 20 patients with osteoarthritis affecting both knees were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
      • 30-minute electro-acupuncture treatment
      • Sham acupuncture

    And, the results.

    • Visual analogue scale (VAS) scores were decreased significantly after acupuncture in both groups.
    • But the mean change of the VAS values of the electro-acupuncture group was 2 times greater than the sham group.
    • There were no significant changes in gait in the sham group, but electro-acupuncture was associated with a significant increase in the gait speed, step length, several components of joint angles and moments.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Significantly improved gait performance in the experimental [electro-acupuncture] group may be associated with pain relief after treatment.”

    These findings are supported by a Cochrane review, which reported that compared to “supervised osteoarthritis education” and a “physician consultation,” acupuncture was associated with clinically relevant short- and long-term improvements in pain and function.

    However, the same Cochrane review also found…

    • The response to acupuncture was similar to “home exercises/advice leaflet” and “supervised exercise”
    • Acupuncture as an adjuvant to exercise-based physiotherapy did not result in any greater improvements than the exercise program alone.

    2/9/10 22:48 JR

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