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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    The benefits of tai chi on exercise tolerance in people with moderate heart failure

    Researchers from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, UK studied people with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II and III heart failure.

    In other words, their condition ranged from mild symptoms and slight limitation during ordinary activity to marked limitation in activity due to symptoms, even during less-than-ordinary activity.

    First, the details.

    • 52 patients were randomly assigned to tai chi chuan twice a week for 16 weeks or to standard medical care without exercise rehabilitation.

    And, the results.

    • Objective measures of exercise tolerance did not improve significantly with tai chi.
    • However, there was improvement in symptom scores of heart failure as measured by the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire, and in depression scores measured by the SCL-90-R questionnaire compared with those patients in the control group.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that tai chi was “enjoyed by all taking part and led to significant improvements in symptoms and quality of life.”

    Earlier this year, another researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston reported, “Tai chi exercise may enhance sleep stability in patients with chronic heart failure.”

    11/10/07 22:44 JR

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