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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    Tai chi on psychological well-being

    Physical activity and exercise appear to improve psychological health.

    Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston review the evidence for tai chi.

    First, the details.

    • 40 studies totaling 3817 people were identified.
    • Approximately 29 psychological measurements were assessed.

    And, the results.

    • 21 of 33 studies reported that 1-hour to 1-year of regular tai chi significantly increased psychological well-being including reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhanced mood in community-dwelling healthy participants and in patients with chronic conditions.

    The bottom line?

    Based on the available evidence, the authors concluded, “Tai Chi appears to be associated with improvements in psychological well-being.”

    However, they add, “High-quality, well-controlled, longer randomized trials are needed to better inform clinical decisions.”

    11/8/10 20:22 JR

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