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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    Smart acupuncture

    Fast Company reports that a new system links to a readout and shows how much electrical activity the needles are stimulating in a patient’s muscles.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed technology that might make acupuncture more productive by pairing needles with small polyester patches and silicon chip wireless technology.
    • Acupuncturists use it to monitor their patient’s electromyography (EMG) signals and body temperature and modify the electric current to achieve the desired result.
      • EMG measured electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles.
    • For maximum energy efficiency and affordability, smart acupuncture uses the human body (instead of Bluetooth or Zigbee) to transmit signals — a technique called body area network or body channel communication.
    • The setup makes it possible to deliver electro-acupuncture without special facilities, which could make it attractive to developing countries and new practitioners.

    The bottom line?

    The real-time monitoring may also make electro-acupuncture safer and more effective, according to the developers.

    Studies, please.

    7/20/12 17:39 JR

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