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: Hatha yoga for depression

    The evidence is preliminary but encouraging.

    Here’s a review from researchers at Brown University School of Medicine, in Rhode Island.

    First, the details.

    • 8 studies were included in the review.
      • 5 in people with clinical depression
      • 3 in people with elevated depression symptoms

    And, the results.

    • The results are encouraging, according to the authors, but they should be viewed as very preliminary.
    • The studies, as a group, suffer from poor study design and implementation.

    The bottom line?

    The authors believe that more research is needed to confirm the value of yoga in patients with depression.

    Several characteristics of yoga support their view.

    • Limitations of current treatment options
    • Positive effects of yoga on mindfulness and exercise
    • Plausible biological, psychological, and behavioral mechanisms by which yoga may have an impact on depression

    1/26/10 16:54 JR

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