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 to treat pain

    Researchers at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Germany, performed a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of yoga on pain and associated disability.

    First, the details.

    • 16 studies of varying quality were included in the review.
      • 6 studies: back pain
      • 2 studies: rheumatoid arthritis
      • 2 studies: headache/migraine
      • 6 studies: other indications

    And, the results.

    • All studies reported positive effects in favor of the yoga.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Despite some limitations, there is evidence that yoga may be useful for several pain-associated disorders. Moreover, there are hints that even short-term interventions might be effective.”

    They recommend more research to identify patients that might be most likely to benefit from yoga.

    12/20/11 19:38 JR

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