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Tai Chi

Mind Body for Prostatitis Pain and FatiguePeople use a variety of actions to influence their emotions and physical well being. In many cases, they target their emotions partly as a means to secondarily, indirectly influencing their physical function and symtoms. A recent study found that such so-called mind-body interventions are more commonly used in diseases that cause pain, especially muscle and bone pain, anxiety, and depression. The majority of these interventions are used not alone, but in association with more standard medical therapies. A large majority of users reported that the interventions helped them.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese mind-body technique original developed for military use. Tai chi is a complicated intergration of meditation, relaxation, and slow physical motions that can, by moving around vital energy, effect desirable physical and emotional changes. To the best of our knowledge, there are no studies of the use of tai chi in prostatitis. However, it has been studied in fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition with partial symptom overlap including pain and fatigue. In this context, using 66 participants with an average age of 50 years and who were mostly women, the study found that in comparison to classes about coping and nutrition coupled with stretching, the patients who received master classes in tai chi:

  • Had less pain
  • Slept better
  • Had improved quality of life and function
  • Greater reductions in symptom severity

One might expect that tai chi could help also with some of the non-organ-specific symptoms of chronic prostatitis. Even if it does not help the symptoms directly, it may help prostatitis patients to cope with those symptoms. However, with a note of caution one might also note that the fibromyalgia study had some methodological limitations, including that the study was relatively small and the followup was short. Accordingly, there is no scientific bases upon which to assess the likelihood and/or magnitude of effect.

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