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 to treat pain after neck disscetion

    Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City studied whether acupuncture reduces pain and dysfunction in patients with squamous cell cancer and a history of neck dissection (photo) — a surgical procedure used to control neck lymph node metastasis.

    First, the details.

    • 58 patients with chronic pain or dysfunction attributed to neck dissection were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 4 weeks.
      • Acupuncture weekly
      • Usual care (eg, physical therapy, use of pain medicine and/or anti-inflammatory drugs, per patient preference or physician recommendation).
    • The Constant-Murley score, a composite measure of pain, function, and activities of daily living, was recorded.
    • Xerostomia (dry mouth due to a lack of saliva) was also assessed.

    And, the results.

    • Constant-Murley scores improved significantly more in the acupuncture group.
    • Acupuncture produced significantly greater improvement in reported xerostomia.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Although further study is needed, these data support the potential role of acupuncture in addressing post-neck dissection pain and dysfunction, as well as xerostomia.”

    4/22/10 20:45 JR

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