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: Yoga for arthritis

    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland, reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 11 published studies from 1980 to 2010 that used yoga as a treatment for arthritis were included.
    • All studies were small and control groups varied.

    And, the results.

    • No adverse events were reported.
    • Adherence to treatment was comparable or better than that typical for exercise.
    • Evidence was strongest for reduced disease disability and symptoms (tender/swollen joints, pain), and for improved self-efficacy and mental health.

    The bottom line?

    A summary of an earlier study by the same researchers is here.

    A broader review of CAM options to reduce pain in the elderly concluded that a broad range of self-management programs (yoga, massage therapy, tai chi, and music therapy) may provide benefits for older adults with chronic pain.

    4/28/11 18:51 JR

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