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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    Response to neurofeedback and biofeedback in migraine patients

    EEG biofeedback and hemoencephalography biofeedback were combined with thermal hand warming biofeedback to treat migraineurs.

    Hemoencephalography biofeedback differs from biofeedback to brainwave (EEG) neurofeedback. Hemoencephalography training feeds back changes in the brain’s energy consumption (which is related to blood flow, oxygen, nutrient, glucose supply). The objective is to boost blood flow activity to the brain to improve mental and emotional functioning.

    First, the details.

    • 37 migraine patients underwent an average of 40 neurofeedback sessions combined with thermal biofeedback.
    • All patients were taking at least one medication for migraine.
    • Treatments were conducted an average of 3 times weekly over an average of 6 months.
    • Headache diaries were examined after treatment and a formal interview was conducted.
    • The patients were interviewed after an average of 14.5 months after treatment to record the duration of treatment effects.

    And, the results.

    • 70% of patients experienced at least a 50% reduction in the frequency of their headaches.
    • The improvement was sustained on average 14.5 months after treatments were discontinued.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded that combined neuro and biofeedback reduced the frequency of migraines in patients taking medication compared with taking medications alone.

    3/9/10 20:32 JR

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