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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    Does it matter where the acupuncture needles are placed?

    Probably not, according to this study by researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    First, the details.

    • 12 acupuncture vs sham acupuncture studies were reviewed.
    • A variety of conditions were treated.

    And, the results.

    • Half of the studies had positive results and demonstrated acupoint specificity.
    • Among 6 studies (total of 985 people) there was no significant difference between treatments.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “This review did not demonstrate the existence of acupoint specificity.”

    Last year, The World Health Organization attempted to address the issue of acupoint specificity. More on that is here and here.

    2/11/10 21:05 JR

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