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As many as 30% of breast can­cer sur­vivors suf­fer from in­som­nia, but new re­search shows tai chi can help. The study, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal On­col­ogy, found tai chi boosted sleep health for breast can­cer sur­vivors with in­som­nia, as well as im­prov­ing de­pres­sive symp­toms and fa­tigue. It also con­cluded tai chi may be just as ef­fec­tive in treat­ing in­som­nia as cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy – which has been con­sid­ered the ‘gold stan­dard’ treat­ment. When eval­u­ated three months after the 12 month-long study, both those who did tai chi and the par­tic­i­pants who un­der­went cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy re­ported sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in their symp­toms –

46.7% and 43.7%, re­spec­tively.

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