Although the researchers identified 45 potentially relevant studies, only 5 were good enough to review. And the differences in the studies made it impossible to pool the results for a reanalysis of the data (meta-analysis).

Yes, some positive findings for tai chi on disability, quality of life, depression, and mood in patients with rheumatoid arthritis were reported. The 2 best studies however, failed to show a reduction in pain with tai chi compared to either education plus stretching exercise or usual activity.

7/20/07 18:08 JR

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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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.