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: Qigong for healthcare

    Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 10 systematic reviews were included.
    • They related to a wide range of conditions.

    And, the results.

    • The primary studies and several of the reviews were associated with a high risk of bias.
    • 5 reviews concluded that qigong is effective and 5 reviews were inconclusive.

    The bottom line?


    The authors concluded, “The effectiveness of qigong is based mostly on poor quality research. Therefore, it would be unwise to draw firm conclusions at this stage.”

    3/13/11 22:27 JR

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