The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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    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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    Effects of qigong on stress among computer operators

    This study suggests, “Qigong [chee-kung] exercise may reduce stress [associated with] computerized work.”

    First, the details.

    • 20 women were assigned to the qigong group or a control group.

    And, the results.

    • There was evidence of reduced sympathetic nervous system activity as measured by significant reductions in noradrenaline excretion in urine, and heart rate and temperature.
    • The qigong group also reported reduced low-back symptoms.

    The bottom line?
    Details (when, what, where, how) of the qigong practiced by these volunteers are not disclosed in the abstract. Presumably they participated in low-impact exercise program combined with breathing techniques.

    It’s not qigong, but here are some recommendations, to avoid computer stress. Thanks to Fran Hedges from Roehamptom University in London.

    6/15/07 00:52 JR

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