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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    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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