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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    Massage therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder

    Prof. Ernst and colleagues have reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • Of 132 articles, only 6 studies met the authors’ inclusion criteria.

    And, the results.

    • 1 study found that massage plus conventional language therapy was significantly better than conventional language therapy alone for symptom severity and communication attitude.
    • 2 studies reported a significant benefit of massage for sensory profile, adaptive behavior, and language and social abilities compared with a special education program.
    • 1 study showed significantly beneficial effects of massage for social communication.
    • 2 studies suggested that massage therapy is effective.
    • All of these studies had a high risk of bias due to small sample sizes, predefined primary outcome measures, inadequate control for nonspecific effects, and a lack of power calculations or adequate follow-up.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Limited evidence exists for the effectiveness of massage as a symptomatic treatment of autism. Because the risk of bias was high, firm conclusions cannot be drawn.”

    4/3/11 21:23 JR

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