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.

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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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    Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy treated with acupuncture

    Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy can produce severe neurological deficits and neuropathic pain.

    Researchers at the University Medical Center, in Hamburg, Germany, evaluated the response to acupuncture.

    First, the details.

    • 11 patients were assigned to a treatment group and evaluated for changes in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
      • Acupuncture for 10 weeks in addition standard medical care
      • Control patients who received standard medical care but no specific treatment
    • Nerve conduction studies were performed.

    And, the results.

    • In 5 of 6 patients treated with acupuncture, nerve conduction studies improved after treatment.
    • 3 of 5 patients in the control group showed no difference in nerve conduction studies.
      • 1 patient improved.
      • 1 showed impaired nerve conduction studies.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “ The data suggest that acupuncture has a positive effect on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. The encouraging results of this pilot study justify a randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy on the basis of nerve conduction studies.”

    Emphasis on the second sentence.

    12/11/11 22:55 JR

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