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.

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

    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

    Leave a Comment

    You must be logged in to post a comment.