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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    Another review: Acupuncture for chronic low back pain

    Recent National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on low back pain list acupuncture as an initial treatment option.

    Here’s the supporting evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 15 studies were identified.
      • 4 of these met the inclusion criteria and were included in the review.

    And, the results.

    • These stuides suggest acupuncture can be superior to usual care in treating chronic low back pain, especially, when patients have positive expectations about acupuncture.

    The bottom line?

    The abstract (the source of the above information) is superficial. If it reflects the depth of the corresponding article, save your time. A more informative review by researchers at the University of York in the UK can be found here.

    6/10/10 20:48 JR

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