Today Tai Chi and Qigong are more often practised for health than for self defence, thanks to the fact that they are basically very enjoyable, relaxing exercises that are also very social. There are many human conditions that can benefit from regular practise of these ancient art forms.
Healing from the inside out
Arizona State University
ASU investigators are part of a group studying how Tai Chi can help ease post-cancer treatment symptoms
When the students are ready, the teachers will appear.
And they did.
The instructors came in the forms of a gray-haired Baby Boomer from California and a lean, gentle Korean from Down Under. They were standing in Phoenix’s Civic Space Park to teach a group of 15 people the healing properties of Tai Chi and Qigong.
Dr. Roger Jahnke asked the pack of ASU staff members and graduate students to loosen up with a repertoire of breathing techniques and slow, fluid body movements.
Tai chi can help older patients with disabling conditions
Denis Campbell, Health policy editor - Guardian
GPs should prescribe sessions of Chinese exercises, study says, after finding it helps patients with breathing problems, osteoarthritis and heart disease.
Tai chi can relieve some of the most crippling symptoms of disabling conditions such as osteoarthritis, heart disease and chronic breathing problems in older people, a study shows.
A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi
Roger Jahnke, OMD, Linda Larkey, PhD, Carol Rogers, APRN-BC, CNOR, PhD, Jennifer Etnier, PhD, and Fang Lin, MS
Objective Research examining psychological and physiological benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi is growing rapidly. The many practices described as Qigong or Tai Chi have similar theoretical roots, proposed mechanisms of action, and expected benefits. Research trials and reviews, however, treat them as separate targets of examination. This review examines the evidence for achieving outcomes from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of both.
Impact of Qigong Exercise on Self-Efficacy and Other Cognitive Perceptual Variables in Patients with Essential Hypertension
Myung-Suk Lee, Hyun-Ja Lim, and Myeong Soo Lee. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. August 2004, 10(4): 675-680. doi:10.1089/acm.2004.10.675.
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of practicing qigong on middle-age subjects with essential hypertension. Impacts on blood pressure, reported self-efficacy, perceived benefit, and emotion were observed.
Design: Thirty-six (36) adult volunteers were assigned to either a waiting list control or a qigong group that practiced two 30-minute qigong programs per week over 8 consecutive weeks.
Results: Systolic and diastolic blood pressure was significantly reduced in members of the qigong group after 8 weeks of exercise. Significant improvements in self-efficacy and other cognitive perceptual efficacy variables were also documented in the qigong group compared to the original situation described above.
Conclusions: This pilot study demonstrates the positive effects of practicing qigong on controlling blood pressure and enhancing perceptions of self-efficacy.
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