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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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Effects of Tai Chi on psychological well-being

    Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston, reviewed the evidence supporting this low impact mind-body exercise.

    First, the details.

    • 40 studies totaling 3817 people were identified.

    And, the results.

    • In 23 of 33 studies, participants were assigned to a treatment group that included 1 hour to 1 year of regular Tai Chi, with the following significant results in community-dwelling healthy participants and in patients with chronic conditions.
      • Increased psychological well-being
      • Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression
      • Enhanced mood and emotion
    • 7 observational studies with relatively large populations reinforced the beneficial association between Tai Chi practice and psychological health.
      • In an observational study, assignment of participants to a treated or comparison group is outside the control of the researcher .

    The bottom line?

    After 40 studies, the authors still want more. You know the old saying, “If your a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Well, if your a researcher, everything looks like it needs…

    However, they concluded, “Tai Chi appears to be associated with improvements in psychological well-being including reduced stress, anxiety, depression and mood disturbance, and increased self-esteem.”

    5/22/10 11:59 JR

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