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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    Acupuncture to prevent migraine

    Available studies suggest that acupuncture is at least as effective as, or possibly more effective than, prophylactic drug treatment.

    Here’s the latest from researchers in China.

    First, the details.

    • 140 patients with migraine without aura were assigned randomly to 2 different treatment group.
      • Acupuncture group: Verum (traditional) acupuncture 3 times per week plus placebo every night
      • Control group: Sham acupuncture plus flunarizine (Sibelium, a calcium channel blocker)
    • Patients were evaluated at the start, week 4, and week 16.
    • Responders to treatment were defined as the proportion of patients with a 50% reduction in migraine days.
    • Pain levels and quality of life were also recorded.

    And, the results.

    • The patients in the acupuncture group were significantly more likely to have a 50% reduction in migraine days compared to the control group.
    • There were no significant differences between the 2 groups in pain scores and quality of life.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Acupuncture was more effective than flunarizine in decreasing days of migraine attacks.

    There were no significantly differences between acupuncture and flunarizine in reduction of pain intensity and improvement of the quality of life.

    5/31/11 19:30 JR

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