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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    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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