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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    Limits of CAM: Dyspnea in patients with COPD

    Dyspnea (difficulty breathing) is a cardinal symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Its severity and magnitude increase as the disease progresses, leading to significant disability and a negative effect on quality of life.

    Here are the Canadian Thoracic Society clinical practice guidelines, with emphasis on CAM.

    There is insufficient evidence to support the routine use of the following CAM options.

    • Acupuncture
    • Acupressure
    • Distractive auditory stimuli (music)
    • Relaxation
    • Handheld fans
    • Counseling programs or psychotherapy

    The bottom line?

    Let’s be clear on the symptom of dyspnea. It’s a sign of serious disease of the airway, lungs, or heart. The onset of dyspnea should not be ignored but is reason to seek medical attention.

    Accordingly, treatment should focus on what is known to work based on the best medical evidence.

    4/22/11 21:15 JR

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