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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    Effects of omega-3 fatty acids in patients with rheumatoid arthrits

    Researchers at State Hospital Muerzzuschlag, in Austria looked for changes in swollen and tender joints.

    First, the details.

    • 23 patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis were assigned to a treatment group.
      • Either 0.2 grams of fish oil emulsion/kg (active) or 0.9% saline (placebo) was injected for 14 consecutive days.
      • Then, 20 weeks of 0.05 grams of fish oil/kg (active) or paraffin wax (placebo) was taken by mouth as capsules.
    • A decrease in swollen and tender joint counts was the primary efficacy measure.
    • Neither the patients nor researchers knew the treatment given — double blind.

    And, the results.

    • At the start of treatment, the number of swollen and tender joints was not significantly different between treatment groups.
    • Swollen joint count was significantly lower in the omega-3 group vs placebo after 1 and 2 weeks of injections.
    • Tender joint count tended to be lower in the omega-3 group, although the difference between groups didn’t achieve significance.
    • Both swollen and tender joint counts were significantly lower in the omega-3 FA group vs placebo during and at the end of oral treatment.

    The bottom line?

    It’s a small study with encouraging results, which should be repeated in a larger population.

    Others have reported that taking 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids supplements each day reduced the need of indomethacin (Indocin) therapy.

    4/25/10 21:30 JR

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