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.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Tai chi exercise for patients with heart disease

    Researchers from Boston reviewed studies of tai chi exercise in patients with cardiovascular disease or its risk factors.

    First, the details.

    • 29 studies were included in the review — 9 were of high quality.
      • 3 in coronary heart disease
      • 5 in heart failure
      • 10 in mixed populations that included cardiovascular disease
      • 11 in people with risk factors for cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, impaired blood sugar metabolism).
    • Studies ranged from 8 weeks to 3 years, and each included fewer than 100 people.

    And, the results.

    • Most studies reported improvements with tai chi, including blood pressure reductions and increases in exercise capacity.
    • No adverse effects were reported.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Preliminary evidence suggests that tai chi exercise may be a beneficial adjunctive therapy for some patients with cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular disease risk factors.”

    “Further research is needed.”

    5/28/09 19:42 JR

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