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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    Effect of tai chi on blood pressure

    Researchers from Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston have reviewed the medical literature.

    First, the details.

    • A review of the results of 26 studies (English or Chinese language) in patients with and without cardiovascular conditions was conducted.
    • Studies included 9 randomized controlled trials, 13 nonrandomized studies, and 4 observational studies.

    And, the results.

    • 22 studies (85%) reported reductions in blood pressure with tai chi (3-32 mmHg systolic and 2-18 mmHg diastolic).
    • No adverse effects were reported.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded it’s “a practical, nonpharmacologic adjunct to conventional hypertension management.”

    4/11/08 20:45 JR

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