Tufts media covering the research that Ramel Rones has been collaborating on with Tufts Medical Center for the last 15 years.
Hi mind-body students! This week, we have a special edition blog for you. You may have already seen that the Tufts Medical Center media team is covering the integrative therapies research that I have been collaborating with the center on for the last 15 years. Today I wanted to give my readers a look into the all the work that we have been doing.
Over these 15 years, me and my colleagues at the medical center engaged in many research topics including Rheumatoid Arthritis (an autoimmune condition) osteoarthritis of the knee, and Fibromyalgia (chronic pain).
- What is Rheumatoid Arthritis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0024678/
- What is Osteoarthritis of the knee: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3766936/
- What is Fibromyalgia: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/fibromyalgia
I was first was challenged to designed and then second asked to teach and implement the Tai Chi intervention for each one of the conditions above. Over time, with hard work, and thanks to Dr. Chenchen Wang our center was able to get R-21 grant money and R-01 grants money from the NIH; allowing us to do much larger research. Between the smaller studies which took 3 years and the large ones that took another 6 years, I worked with hundreds of individuals that were diagnosed with any of these conditions. The tremendous changes that I witnessed over the years, from before and after the studies, were amazing. Regaining physical independence, reducing chronic pain, getting off pain medication, and the change in mood and quality of life are what led to our studies gaining notoriety.
In both the smaller and the larger studies that we conducted at Tufts, the participants who used my Tai Chi intervention showed excellent results, and our evidence appeared in several of the top medical journals and publications in the world, including:
- NEJM publication about Fibromyalgia/chronic pain: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0912611
- NCBI publication about Osteoarthritis of the knee: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27183035
See in my next blog the latest publication in the BMJ: Britain Medical Journal, as well as the a special video!
The video below shows some of my students’ testimonials as well as some of the Tai Chi moves I taught and used in the studies at Tufts. It also includes a short interview with my principle investigator, and the director of Tufts integrative medicine, Dr. Chenchen Wang.
You’ll also hear me explain several of the Tai Chi principles and philosophies, such as the five building blocks of our being: Body, Breath, Mind, Energy and Spirit, which were used to achieve the great health results in our research.
In the Tufts video, I also speak about the monkey mind and the horse mind, which you can read more about in this article I collaborated on for the Waking Times.
If you haven’t seen it already, please enjoy the video! And remember: Happy stretching, deep breathing, empty your mind, strengthen your energetic system, and evoke your spirit!