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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    Yoga appears to be beneficial for people with pain

    Researchers at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Germany, reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 21 studies of varying quality were reviewed.
    • Data were combined to permit a meta-analysis.

    And, the results.

    • All studies reported positive effects in favor of the yoga.
    • With respect to pain, meta-analysis revealed significant benefits for pain-related disability.
    • There was some evidence that yoga may be useful for several pain-associated disorders.
    • There are hints that yoga even over the short-term might be effective.

    The bottom line?

    Hints? Some evidence? After 21 studies, we still can’t say for sure that yoga is a beneficial treatment for pain. What kind of yoga is best? What type of pain responds most?

    Based on what we know today, just a couple of large well-designed studies might clear up some of these questions.

    2/15/12 22:17 JR

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