The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is 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.

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    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 in Ob/Gyn

    Acupuncture is often recommended for obstetrical and gynecological (Ob/Gyn) conditions.

    Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 24 systematic reviews of any type of acupuncture for any type of gynecological conditions were included.
    • Gynecological conditions included hot flashes, conception, dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome, nausea/vomiting, breech presentation, back pain during pregnancy, and procedural pain.

    And, the results.

    • 9 systematic reviews came to clearly positive conclusions; however, there were many contradictions and caveats.

    The bottom line?

    The author concluded, “The evidence for acupuncture as a treatment of obstetrical and gynecological conditions remains limited.”

    6/2/11 20:39 JR

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