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Learn from leaders in integrative medicine through our free Integrative Medicine Research Seminar Series. (Monthly)

Dr. Peter Wayne , July, 9th, 2015
'Minding' Our Balance: How tai chi research is informing the interdependence of cognitive and motor skills in aging."

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Next Clinical Case Presentation: Tuesday, August 4th.
By: The Cheng-Tsui Integrated Health Center, BIDMC.
Chronic Stress and Insomnia: An Integrative Approach Using Relaxation Techniques and Acupuncture

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program

Dr. Randall Paulsen

MBSR Summer Refresher Classes

If you have taken the eight week MBSR course with Dr. Randall Paulsen at the Osher Clinical Center, (or in a different setting), we welcome you to join us for a two hour MBSR refresher classes over the summer.

The classes will begin with a 40 minute guided sitting meditation followed by an hour of discussion and closing with another 15 minute meditation. The effort to maintain a mindfulness practice can benefit from a connection with a group and a chance to practice and talk together.

If you would like to attend one or more of these refresher courses, please RSVP to Joel Priest by email at jdpriest@partners.org or by phone at (617) 732-9416.

Thursday, August 6th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, August 11th from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Thursday, August 20th from 10:30am to 12:30pm

Qigong: A Live Science Interview with Peter Wayne

Read this Live Science article excerpt below in which Osher Research Director, Dr. Peter Wayne discusses the similarities and differences between qigong and tai chi:

“While they share many characteristics, most people consider qigong and tai chi to be two distinct practices. However, Wayne said that he tends to focus more on the similarities between qigong and tai chi than on their differences.

“The chi in the word ‘tai chi’ is a different character and has a different meaning [than the ‘qi’ in qigong]. But the practice of tai chi, in my opinion, is equivalent to a form of qigong. You’re training to have more awareness and control over your ‘life force’ — your physiology or energy,” Wayne told Live Science. And some forms of qigong are almost indistinguishable from tai chi, he added.

While the movements of qigong may be different from those of tai chi in some cases, both practices incorporate strength and flexibility with breathing exercises, focused attention and imagery. The biggest difference between qigong and tai chi has more to do with the public’s perception of these mind-body practices than it does with the practices themselves, according to Wayne, who said that qigong carries a stigma in certain societies.”

Co-ordinated Cancer Care – IM Therapies Supporting RT/ADT Treatment

According to statistics presented at the July Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, an estimated 848,200 men will be diagnosed with cancer in the US in 2015. Of these, 26% of cases are predicted to be prostate cancer. (source: The National Cancer Institute)

This month, our friends and colleagues from the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute presented a clinical case of a 63 year old man with high-risk prostate cancer.

The patient—who participated in the presentation—has undergone radiation therapy (RT) and hormone therapy (Androgen Deprivation Therapy or ADT), accompanied by acupuncture, and nutritional, physical, and sexual health support and counselling. This presentation gives some valuable insight into the success of a multi-disciplinary treatment model, and the patient’s experience of an integrated approach to cancer treatment and supportive care.

“How do we take this cancer experience and treatment experience and turn it on it’s head – and make it into something where we’re promoting well being while knocking out the cancer as best we can?” Dr Brandoff, Co-Director, Palliative Care Clinic, DFCI


Watch the full presentation here.

Learn More about the Joint Conference on Acupuncture, Oncology and Fascia, November 14th, 2015