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.

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    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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    More benefits of tai chi in elderly people

    There are some benefits in eye-hand coordination, according to this study from researchers in Taiwan.

    First, the details.

    • 42 elderly people participated in this study.
    • Those in the tai chi chuan group practiced this “soft” Chinese martial art regularly for more than 3 years.
    • The rest were healthy and active elderly people.
    • Each participant stroked a sensor, which recorded the start and end positions, duration of movement, pause time, peak velocity, and the time to reach peak velocity.

    And, the results.

    • The tai chi group showed significantly better results in decrease of displacement, movement time, pause time, number of submovements, and better skewness coefficients (degree of asymmetry) compared to the control group.
    • The difference in the peak velocity between the groups was not significant.

    The bottom line?
    This is the third study covered here in the past year to report the benefits of tai chi in older people — here and here.

    2/21/08 18:57 JR

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