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Supreme Chi Living
July 2022
Monthly newsletter published by American Tai Chi and Qigong Association (ATCQA)
In This Issue
1. : Promoting Tai Chi and Other Community Programs for Personalized Parkinson's Care
2. : Harvard Medical School Tests Virtual Tai Chi Program for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
3. : Effect of a Qigong Program in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors
4. : A Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Program During COVID-19


Harvard Medical School Tests Virtual Tai Chi Program for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

July 26, 2022 - Satisfaction with current treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) is low, with many patients turning to complementary treatments. Tai Chi is a mind-body medicine practice with proven efficacy in other functional disorders. As a proof-of-concept, a team of scientists in Harvard Medical School tested the feasibility and preliminary clinical outcomes associated with a Tai Chi program designed for IBS-C.

A total of 27 IBS-C patients participated in a single-arm trial of 8 sessions of Tai Chi delivered weekly over 7 weeks via live videoconferencing in group format. Clinical improvement was assessed via change in IBS Symptom Severity Score (IBS-SSS) from baseline to 4 weeks posttreatment (week 11) with secondary outcomes exploring symptom ratings, IBS-related quality of life (IBS-QOL), GI-specific anxiety, abdominal distention, and psychological factors.

Despite substantial dropout (26%), the treatment protocol had moderate to excellent feasibility for other criteria. Treatment satisfaction was excellent. Exit interviews confirmed high satisfaction with the program among completers, but a high burden of data collection was noted. One participant experienced an adverse event (mild, exacerbation of sciatica). There was a significant improvement in intra-individual IBS-SSS between baseline and posttreatment. Secondary outcomes were notable for improvements in other IBS symptom scoring measures, IBS-QOL, measured abdominal diameter, and leg strength.

The data, published by Neurogastroenterology and motility in July 2022, provides preliminary evidence of the feasibility of a Tai Chi intervention for IBS-C, show promise for improving outcomes, and identify more streamlined data collection as an area for further program improvement.



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