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: Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation

    This Cochrane review reports on 6-month quit rates.

    First, the details.

    • 11 studies compared hypnotherapy with 18 different quit options and placebo.

    And, the results.

    • There were conflicting results for the effectiveness of hypnotherapy compared to no treatment, or to advice, or psychological treatment.
    • There was no evidence of a greater effect of hypnotherapy compared to rapid smoking or psychological treatment.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “We have not shown that hypnotherapy has a greater effect on 6-month quit rates than other interventions or no treatment.”

    The evidence doesn’t support hypnotherapy over counseling.

    The American Heart Association tells us, “With good smoking cessation programs, 20% to 40% of participants are able to quit smoking and stay off cigarettes for at least one year.”

    That means you are likely to have to “quit” 5 times before you quit once.

    12/18/10 19:43 JR

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