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Supreme Chi Living
July 2019
Monthly newsletter published by American Tai Chi and Qigong Association (ATCQA)
In This Issue
1. : The Effects of Tai Chi on Gulf War Illness
2. : Baduanjin Qigong for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy
3. : The Safety of Tai Chi: A Meta-analysis of Adverse Events
4. : Qigong Improves Physical and Mental Quality of Life in Inpatients with Stroke


The Effects ofTai Chion Gulf War Illness

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July 24, 2019 - Gulf War illness (GWI) is a chronic and multi-symptom disorder affecting military veterans deployed to the 1991 Persian Gulf War. It is characterized by a range of acute and chronic symptoms, including but not limited to, fatigue, sleep disturbances, psychological problems, cognitive deficits, widespread pain, and respiratory and gastrointestinal difficulties. The prevalence of many of these chronic symptoms affecting Gulf War veterans occur at markedly elevated rates compared to nondeployed contemporary veterans. To date, no effective treatments for GWI have been identified.

Tufts University School of Medicine led an umbrella review to evaluate the evidence for the potential ofTai Chimind-body exercise to benefit and alleviate GWI symptomology. Based on the most prevalent GWI chronic symptoms and case definitions established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Gulf War Veterans Health Initiative Program, they reviewed and summarized the evidence from 7 published systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Their findings suggest thatTai Chimay have the potential for distinct therapeutic benefits on the major prevalent symptoms of GWI. Future clinical trials are warranted to examine the feasibility, efficacy, durability and potential mechanisms ofTai Chifor improving health outcomes and relieving symptomology in GWI.



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