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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    Qigong benefits in elderly people with depression

    The results of this study show that regular qigong practice could relieve depression and improve self-efficacy and personal well being among elderly persons with chronic physical illness and depression.

    The real message is that active seniors have better quality of life than their sedentary neighbors.

    First, the details.

    • 82 people with depression were randomly assigned to 16 weeks of qigong practice or a newspaper reading group.

    And, the results.

    • After 8 weeks the qigong group showed improved mood, self-efficacy, and personal well-being.
    • After 16 weeks there was improvement in their activities of daily living and self-concept.

    The bottom line?
    It’s not clear from the abstract if the improvement achieved statistical significance. However, the results are in line with the advantages reported in the elderly who participate in physical activity, tai chi, and balance training. Exercise has benefits in elderly hospitalized patients too.

    The good news is that there are many options for seniors to get active.

    Here’s a website with serial photos of qigong exercises.

    7/29/07 16:11 JR

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