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: Biofeedback for headache

    Dr. Frank Andrasik (photo) at the University of West Florida, in Pensacola has reviewed the evidence for each category of biofeedback.

    Here’s what we know about preventive or acute therapy for migraine.

    Grade A evidence

    • Relaxation training
    • Thermal biofeedback combined with relaxation training
    • Electromyographic biofeedback
    • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

    Grade B evidence

    • Behavioral therapy (ie, biofeedback, relaxation) may be combined with preventive drug therapy to achieve additional migraine relief

    Insufficient evidence

    • Hypnosis
    • Acupuncture
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
    • Cervical manipulation
    • Occlusal adjustments (intentional mechanical grinding of selected biting surfaces of teeth to improve the contact)
    • Hyperbaric oxygen as preventive or acute therapy for migraine

    The bottom line?

    Grade A evidence means there are multiple well-designed studies revealing a consistent pattern of positive findings

    Grade B evidence means there is some, but not optimal supporting evidence from well-designed studies. This is often because there were too few studies or inconsistent findings.

    11/19/10 20:42 JR

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