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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    Review: Spinal manipulation to treat asthma

    Prof. Ernst reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 3 studies of spinal manipulation as a treatment of asthma were included in the review.
    • All of the studies were considered excellent in design (Jadad score 5).
    • All used sham-manipulation as the control.

    And, the results.

    • No study showed that real manipulation was more effective than sham-manipulation for improving lung function or subjective symptoms.

    The bottom line?

    Prof Ernst concluded, “The best studies available indicate that spinal manipulation is not an effective treatment for asthma.”

    2/3/10 22:01 JR

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