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 of massage to treat depression

    Prof. Ernst and colleagues from Peninsula Medical School in the UK have reviewed the evidence.

    Are your ready?

    4 studies were worth evaluating.

    • 3 compared massage therapy vs relaxation therapies, but the data and analyses didn’t contribute meaningfully to an assessment of massage for depression.
    • The fourth study compared massage therapy to depression-specific acupuncture and provided limited evidence that, in the early stages of treatment, massage is less effective than acupuncture — which itself is not accepted for this condition.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Despite previous research suggesting that massage therapy may be an effective treatment for depression, there is currently a lack of evidence to support this assertion.”

    12/18/07 21:14 JR

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