Tai Chi In The News
The following references are provided to help you find some of the best research reported in the media and scientific publications.
Click here to read an article about Tai Chi and Yoga by Michael Clark, printed in New Life Journal Oct/Nov 2003.
Why Tai Chi Is the Perfect Exercise
-Time, Aug. 5, 2002
Time Magazine calls Tai Chi the “perfect exercise” and says “The best thing about Tai Chi is that people enjoy it, so they are more likely to stick with it long enough to get some benefit. It helps when something that's good for you is also fun.”
The Next Yoga: a Sweat-Free Workout Giving Up on Perfect Pecs, Boomers Embrace Qigong; Tiger Woods's Secret Weapon?
-The Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2003
Qigong is particularly accessible to novices...most people can feel tingling sensations in their limbs after a class. The baby boomers are realizing they don't need to bounce around as much to achieve fitness, and they're taking a more holistic approach. In 2002, the Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine at the National Institutes of Health earmarked more than $500,000 in grants to study the health benefits of qigong.
Western Science Studies Healing Effects of Ancient Eastern Practice
-The Washington Post, April 14, 1998
Tai chi lowered blood pressure in older adults nearly as much as moderate-intensity aerobic exercise...But the stress reduction benefit is probably the best thing tai chi does for health. Stress is the number one health problem in America, with an estimated 60 to 70 percent of all visits to physicians due to stress-related illness. A daily practice that can relieve stress will improve health.
Reducing Frailty and Falls in Older Persons: An Investigation of Tai Chi and Computerized Balance Training
-Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May 1996, Vol.44, No.5.
A scientific study at Emory University in Atlanta demonstrated that Tai Chi lowers blood pressure and greatly improves balance, reducing the number of falls in seniors by 47.5 percent.
Tai Chi Bolsters Shingles Immunity
-Psychology Today, September 23, 2003
Meditation and exercise are good for you: both practices improve flexibility, reduce stress and keep you in shape. As it turns out, these habits may help strengthen your immune system as well. A recent study of elderly adults who practiced Tai Chi finds the martial art increased immunity to shingles, a painful rash related to chicken pox. The study showed an average 50 percent increase in the immune cells.
Qi Gong: An Antidote to Nursing Burnout
-NurseZone.com, July 3, 2002
A growing number of nurses are practicing Qi Gong. The National Institutes Of Health is studying it and hospitals across the country are incorporating it in their complementary medicine and wellness programs. Nurses say Qigong:
- Helps them to re-center and anchor, giving them the energy and clarity to focus efficiently on the task at hand.
- Is very rejuvenating and renewing, so when they go back to give, they have something to give.
- Reminds them why they are nurses. This is because healing is really about love.
With slow movements as fluid as silk, the gentle Chinese practice of Tai Chi seems tailor-made for easing sore joints and muscles.
-Arthritis Today (Arthritis Foundation), July 8, 2000
Doctors recommend tai chi for people with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, fybromyalgia and those with a high level of muscle pain, because it improves flexibility and builds muscle strength gradually. A1999 study that looked at people with multiple sclerosis who practiced tai chi found that it contributed to an overall improvement in quality of life for people with chronic, disabling conditions.
Tai Chi Reduces Arthritis Pain, Pilot Study Finds
-ArthritisSupport.com, June 15, 2001
The severity of pain decreased significantly for the Tai Chi group, but increased in the control group. Exercise such as Tai Chi helps reduce arthritis pain by increasing circulation and stimulating repair of damaged joint surfaces. In addition, it stabilizes joint structure by strengthening the soft tissue support of the joint.
Modified Dec 11, 2006