Tai Chi Health Studies

Tai Chi reduces pain and improves mood and physical functioning more than standard stretching exercises, reduces stiffness, stress, hypertension and high blood pressure, increases circulation and energy, improves balance,meditation, sleep and breathing, provides resistance to disease, and enhances the function of internal organs

The Benefit of Tai Chi for the Elderly
CNN Report - August 16, 2002 - Kick boxing, karate and tae kwon do often come to mind when thinking of martial arts. What about Tai Chi?

According to Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide," many hospitals in China use Tai Chi -- combined with conventional medicine -- as part of their health-care programs."

With its growing popularity in the United States, the exercise program has shown promise in improving balance and flexibility among seniors.

Tai Chi has been found to reduce stress, increase circulation, and improve meditation and breathing.

Experts say it also provides resistance to disease, provides energy and enhances the function of internal organs.

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Tai Chi Martial Art Can Tackle Pain: Study

A new study by Australian researchers has found that the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi could have positive health benefits for arthritis sufferers.

Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health....

In a 40-person study at Tufts University, presented in October 2008 at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, an hour of tai chi twice a week for 12 weeks reduced pain and improved mood and physical functioning more than standard stretching exercises in people with severe knee osteoarthritis.

According to a Korean study published in December 2008 in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, eight weeks of tai chi classes followed by eight weeks of home practice significantly improved flexibility and slowed the disease process in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful and debilitating inflammatory form of arthritis that affects the spine.
From: http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Womens_Health_Watch/2009/May/The-health-benefits-of-tai-chi

Benefits of Tai Chi

Those practicing or teaching tai chi often report:
• Increased flexibility and reduced stiffness from chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis
• Improved balance while standing, helping to decrease the number of falls that cause injury
• Improved leg and lower body strength
• Reduced pain from chronic arthritic conditions
• Aid in recovery from injuries
• Reduced and stabilized blood pressure
• Improved heart action
• Weight loss
• Stress reduction
• Deeper, more restful sleep
From: http://www.mlive.com/behealthy/index.ssf/2009/08/energy_flows_with_tai_chi_heal.html

KC tai chi master Bill Douglas is taking his case to D.C., by JAMES A. FUSSELL, The Kansas City Star

Bill Douglas has two words for a country desperate to cut its skyrocketing health care costs. Tai chi.

He’s not kidding.

“If you look at a Kaiser Permanente study that says that 70 percent of illnesses are caused by stress, you’re talking about a potential savings of trillions of dollars, year after year if we teach our citizens effective stress-management techniques on a massive scale.”
Tai Chi May Be An Effective Treatment For Dizziness, Balance Issues

ScienceDaily (Oct. 5, 2009) — Tai Chi, a form of Chinese martial arts often practiced for its health benefits, may be an effective treatment option for patients who suffer from dizziness and balance disorders (also known as vestibular disorders).

In a paper presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in San Diego, researchers evaluated the utility of Tai Chi in managing patients with vestibular symptoms who have failed conventional vestibular therapy. It could include individualized physical therapy or different sets of physical maneuvers that a doctor performs on a patient.

Researchers conducted a questionnaire study from April 2008 to March 2009 at an outpatient rehabilitation program, utilizing the activities-specific balance confidence scale and dynamic gait index survey, both prior to therapy and at the conclusion of an eight-week course. A total of 21 patients (18 females, 3 males) completed the study to date. Patients reported subjective improvements in their vestibular symptoms.

Researchers theorize that the technique may be effective because Tai Chi promotes coordination through relaxation, rather than muscular coordination.

From: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091004141000.htm

Steven Wolfe, PT, PhD, the benefits of taiji for balance in older adults;
http://ptjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/86/9/1189

Yang Yang, PhD, Evidence Based Taiji;
http://www.chentaiji.com/research/

Bill Gallagher, PT;
http://www.EastWestRehab.com/reference.htm

Qigong Health Studies

Some studies show practicing qigong helps to fight against cancer

SHANGHAI: The stress of modern living had prompted many around the world to learn qigong. Recent joint studies from China and the United States also show that qigong can help cancer patients live longer.

From: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/health/view/1010774/1/.html

Medical Qi Gong Improves Quality of Life With Cancer, By Lynne Eldridge MD

In the study, qigong was found to significantly improve quality of life - that is, how good someone feels on a day-to-day basis. It also improved the fatigue associated with cancer, something many people consider one of the most annoying symptoms. Mood was improved in those individuals who practiced qigong, and blood tests that look at inflammation in the body were reduced.

What stood out as extremely important to me - someone who has trained and lived in the midst of allopathic medicine or traditional medicine - is that nobody had side effects from qigong.

From: http://lungcancer.about.com/b/2009/11/06/medical-qigong-improves-quality-of-life-with-cancer.htm

The pilot trial at Dalhousie was in 2007 and the results have since been published. Twelve of the 25 patients who continued practicing qigong for six months after the trial had positive results.

“Their pain almost came down, their fibromyalgia impact questionnaire measures improved, and their physical health related quality of life improved,” says Lynch.

From: http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/learn/article/364764--pain-study-targets-fibromyalgia

Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) Qigong is one of the oldest and most economical ways of maintaining good health, a doctor said Wednesday at a press conference held to promote Chinese medicine.

The practice of qigong, which dates back to the rule of the legendary Chinese Emperor Yao in 2356 B.C., is not as difficult as most people might think, said Lin Kung-yi, a physician from Taipei City Hospital's Department of Chinese Medicine.

"People associate martial arts sects with exaggerated movements, which is not all correct," said Lin, adding that the fundamentals of qigong are easy to grasp and learn.

Abdominal breathing, for example, is one of the three fundamentals of qigong and keeps the internal organs in good condition, he said.

Although qigong is classified as alternative medicine, its healing effects have been documented in many historical manuscripts and modern scientific journals, Lin said.

He urged the Committee on Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy to include Chinese medicine in textbooks.

From: http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201101050045

Some studies show practicing qigong helps to fight against cancer, by Channel NewsAsia's China Correspondent Glenda Chong, October 12, 2009

SHANGHAI: The stress of modern living had prompted many around the world to learn qigong. Recent joint studies from China and the United States also show that qigong can help cancer patients live longer.

One community club in Shanghai is practicing a form of qigong that has helped members recover from life-threatening illnesses over the past 20 years.

Cancer survivor Qiu Jia Ming, 65, who suffered from pancreatic cancer years ago, said: "I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when I was 50 years old and the doctor told me I only had three months to live. But I've survived 14 years now."

Another cancer survivor, Yin Xiao Ling, suffered from nasal malignant granulomatosis 22 years ago.

"I'm 57 and have been practicing qigong for 22 years. I was diagnosed with nasal malignant granulomatosis, a very rare cancer, and doctors said I only had six months to a year to live at the most.

"So when I was discharged from hospital, I didn't go home. I went to join the Guolin Qigong Club. Doctors said it was a miracle that I survived beyond a year," said Yin.

Even the head of the cancer rehabilitation club is convinced of the benefits of qigong against cancer. Yuan Zheng Ping was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma 28 years ago and after studying Guolin qigong in Beijing, he started the Shanghai Cancer Rehabilitation Club in 1989 to teach others like him.

"It's not only a physical exercise, it is also a psychological practice of breathing using rhythmic exercises, thereby taking in a lot of oxygen. This is beneficial because it increases immunity and help fight the cancer.

"We did a survey in 1993 with 1,500 cancer patients and discovered that after five years of practicing Goulin qigong, there was about 85 per cent recovery rate. In 2003, we did another comprehensive study and found that out of 7,000 cancer sufferers, more than 60 per cent of them survived for more than five years," said Yuan.

With such high success rate, there is now more attention paid to this form of exercise. Initial results from studies conducted by the University of Illinois and Shanghai University of Sports show that practicing Cailin qigong can help cancer patients live longer and give them a better quality of life.

Wang Changwei is the researcher behind a new study programme sponsored by the US-based National Cancer Institute. Her first phase of research centred on those who regularly practice qigong and it showed that this group of practitioners, have a lower rate of cancer reoccurrence than others.

She said: "From our current study, regardless of quality of life, exercise ability or health conditions, those who practiced Guolin qigong are far better off than those who don't exercise qigong.

"We did an 11-month observation and found that oxygen intake of those who practice Guolin qigong was higher and when they are at rest, the oxygen level is the same. This means that they inhale more oxygen during their practice. Their breathing method of inhaling twice and exhaling once helped to improve their oxygen intake."

Even doctors who specialize in Western medicine believe there are benefits to practicing qigong. But they said there may be other causes that are helping cancer patients recover from their illnesses.

Gao Yong, a doctor at Shanghai East Hospital, said: "Qigong can help patients forget the pain of the disease. Also, the exercise is a team activity. Practitioners encourage and support each other. There is more confidence when they see others recover. I think this is the real benefit of qigong.

"The study has only just started about two or three years ago. A large scale study is needed and should take about three to five years, or even longer, for a more detailed observation of the benefits."

China sees about 2.2 million cancer cases yearly, with one in five dying from the disease.
From: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/health/view/1010774/1/.html

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