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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    Sumarizing the mental health implications of music therapy

    Researchers at Kaohsiung Medical University, in Taiwan reviewed the evidence related to music’s effect on people with different mental illnesses.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Laboratory and animal studies show music is capable of influencing complex neurobiological processes in the brain.
    • Studies in people provide some evidence that music therapy can be used as an alternative therapy in treating…
      • Depression
      • Autism
      • Schizophrenia
      • Dementia
      • Agitation
      • Anxiety
      • Sleeplessness
      • Substance misuse
    • Whether it can replace other modes of treatment is undetermined.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Future research should include translational studies involving both neuroscience and clinical medicine that investigate the long-term effects of music intervention and that lead to the development of new strategies for music therapy.

    1/24/11 20:32 JR

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