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2022 Dec 06

Contemp Clin Trials

Study protocol for a revised randomized trial: Remotely delivered Tai Chi and wellness for Gulf War illness.


Niles BL, Grossman S, McQuade M, Grossman D, Pless Kaiser A, Muccio B, Warner B, Wang C, Mori DAL
Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Dec 06:107045.
PMID: 36494045.


Many of the 700,000 American military personnel deployed to the Persian Gulf region in 1990 and 1991 have since reported health symptoms of unknown etiology. This cluster of symptoms has been labeled Gulf War Illness and include chronic musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, headaches, memory and attention difficulties, gastrointestinal complaints, skin abnormalities, breathing problems, and mood and sleep problems [1,2]. There have been few high-quality intervention trials and no strong evidence to support available treatments [3]. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art with benefits that include enhancing physical and mental health and improving quality of life for those with chronic conditions.