I have read Dr. Mayer's article a while ago, find it very interesting and
well written. Most of the critiques are right at the point, especially
when modern medicine sets a higher criteria for studies of CAM.
I have been approached by a few M.Ds. about the possibility to conduct a
well-controlled clinic study on hypertension. After carefully reading Dr.
Mayer's review article, I found out it harder for me to design a perfect
clinic trial at this moment -- The biggest problem is still the control
group, how should we manage the expectation, suggestibility and "placebo"
effect. I wonder if we can collectively design such a "perfect" protocol
in terms of study of Qigong (or Taichi) and hypertension, so that whoever
has the resource to run the study would benefit from out collective design.
And we may run the same protocol at different sites with different samples
to gain more power for the result.
Dr. Mayer, could you initiate such a protocol of randomized, controlled
clinic trial, and post it here, so that we can add our opinions? Or
someone else wants to give it a try and we can start a real research design
Please make sure we have both short-term effect and long-term effect being
measured, and placebo effect should be taken into consideration.
Even though we do not need worry about the budget in this process, but a
lower budget is always making the proposal more realistic.
At 07:19 PM 09/27/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>Dear Fellow Memebers of the Qigong Research Group:
>I have been on the group list and listening to the desire for real
>discussion about research.I would like to offer an article I wrote called
>"Qigong and Hypertension: A Critique of Research," published in the Journal
>of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine Vol 5, #4, 1999 for
>discussion/critique. (See above attachment) I am attaching it here for
>access to our research group members, and ask that you limit the
>copyrighted article to only our use. Usually I sell the article, into
>which I put many hours of unpaid labor, but I am hoping to stimulate
>discussion amongst us in a mutually beneficial way for us all.
>Thank you for this opportunity to share about this important topic for
>which the internet is ideally suited.