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CAM Fares Well in Major Journals

KEY POINT

From homeopathy to acupuncture to extract of St. John’s wort, a number of positive findings about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) appeared recently in the mainstream medical media.

SOURCES

Taylor MA et al. Randomised controlled trial of homoeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial series. BMJ. 2000;321:471–6.

Avants SK. A randomized controlled trial of auricular acupuncture for cocaine dependence. Arch Intern Med. 2000;160:2305–12.

Ernst E. Herbal medicines: where is the evidence [editorial]? BMJ. 2000;321:395–6.

Sollner W et al. Use of complementary and alternative medicine by cancer patients is not associated with perceived distress or poor compliance with standard treatment but with active coping behavior. Cancer. 2000;89:873–80.

Vickers A. Recent advances: complementary medicine. BMJ. 2000;321:683–6.