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 for treating patients with spinal cord injury

    There are about 253,000 people living with spinal cord injury in the United States, with approximately 11,000 new cases each year.

    Researchers at Pusan National University, in Yangsan, South Korea, reviewed the evidence for acupuncture to facilitate recovery.

    First, the details.

    • The authors identified 236 potentially relevant studies in the Chinese literature, of which 7 met the inclusion criteria.
      • 5 studies assessed functional recovery.
      • 2 studied bladder dysfunction.

    And, the results.

    • All the studies reported favorable effects of acupuncture on functional recovery or urinary function.
      • However the quality of the research was poor in general.
    • Pooled analysis of 2 studies assessing bladder dysfunction showed significantly greater effectiveness compared with conventional treatment.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “The effectiveness of acupuncture for functional recovery and bladder dysfunction in spinal cord injury is suggestive.”

    Poor study design makes definitive recommendations impossible.

    7/28/10 18:43 JR

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