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Fibromyalgia improves with Tai Chi lessons.

In a single-blind, randomized trial, 66 patients with fibromyalgia participated twice a week over the course of 12 weeks in one-hour Tai Chi lessons or in one-hour educational sessions in order to see whether the classes had any benefit in relieving pain.

Tai Chi is a practice that uses meditation, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques with gentle exercise.

After 12 weeks, the group experienced significant changes in fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain, depression, sleep, and ability to function, clinically and statistically. The benefits of practicing Tai Chi were continuous among the patients for 24 weeks, with no adverse effects. However, it might be too soon for doctors to begin prescribing the practice as a medical treatment.

(Source: New England Journal of Medicine, August 2010.)

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