Congrats, Graduates: Now Go Out There and Redefine Success

Posted in In The Field, News Reports

(The Huffington Post) – … According to a 2013 study by Robert Youmans of George Mason University and Jared Ramsberg, …the side-effect-free way to get better grades is to meditate. Testing a random grouping of students, they found that students who meditated before a lecture scored

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Good Vibrations – Lupus and Tai Chi

Posted in In The Field

(Lupus Society) – “Tai chi is an internal kung fu,” says Dr. Zhi Gang Sha, a master-level tai chi instructor and author of Power Healing: The Four Keys to Healing Your Body, Mind & Spirit. “When used for self-defense, tai chi movements are powerful and fast. But tai chi for health uses slow…

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Health Benefits, Tai Chi Linked

Posted in News Reports

New research from Tufts finds the ancient practice of tai chi may actually help improve health. Boston.

Using 47 studies on tai chi in English and Chinese medical journals, Tufts’ Dr. Chenchen Wang – a physician at Tufts-New England Medical Center – analyzed the effect

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Body, Mind, Soul: The Benefits of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates

Posted in In The Field

(Lupus Foundation of America) – …“Yoga, tai chi, and Pilates can be very useful for those with lupus,” says Stacy Ardoin, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Ohio State University. “I recommend exercise to all my patients at the lupus clinic, and yoga, tai chi, and Pilates can promote…

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Lupus Patient Testimonial – re: Tai Chi Health Benefits (01/03/97)

Posted in In The Field

(Arizona State University) – I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus about 13 years ago and have been hospitalized on four different occasions during the intervening period. In one instance I was bedridden for eight months.

Like many others with my condition, I have suffered severe physical…

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Tai Chi Chuan practice as a tool for rehabilitation of severe head trauma: 3 Case reports

Posted in Clinical Studies, Vestibular Research

Note: This is a study with exceptional results. Participants began treatment while seated or lying down, and gradually increased Tai Chi activity to regain completely independent movement. Great care was taken to ensure the methods were learned slowly and correctly, and each step built upon the…

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Tai Chi boosts immunity to shingles virus in older adults, NIH-sponsored study reports

Posted in Clinical Studies, News Reports

(NIH, National Institute on Aging) – Tai Chi alone was found to increase participants’ immunity to varicella as much as the vaccine typically produces in 30- to 40-year-old adults, and Tai Chi combined with the vaccine produced a significantly higher level of immunity, about a 40 percent increase, over that produced by the vaccine alone. The study further showed that the Tai Chi group’s rate of increase in immunity over the course of the 25-week study was double that of the health education (control) group. The Tai Chi and health education groups’ VZV immunity had been similar when the study began.

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Tai Chi Chih acutely decreases sympathetic nervous system activity in older adults.

Posted in Clinical Studies

This study is the first to our knowledge to assess the acute effects of TCC practice on sympathetic activity in older adults. TCC performance led to acute decreases in sympathetic activity, which could not be explained by physical activity alone. Further study is needed to determine whether the acute salutary effects of TCC on autonomic functioning are sustained with ongoing practice in older adults.

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Cancer-Related Stress and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Review

Posted in Clinical Studies

(University of Rochester Medical Center) – Tai Chi Chuan as an intervention may provide benefits to cancer survivors related to physical deconditioning, cardiovascular disease risk, and psychological stress. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial conducted by Mustian et al., women who completed treatment for breast cancer and received TCC demonstrated significant improvements in functional capacity, aerobic capacity, muscular strength and flexibility, self-esteem, bone health, immune function, and QOL.

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Complementary use of tai chi chih augments escitalopram treatment of geriatric depression: a randomized controlled trial.

Posted in Clinical Studies

(UCLA) - Subjects in the escitalopram and Tai Chi Chih condition were more likely to show greater reduction of depressive symptoms and to achieve a depression remission as compared with those receiving escitalopram and HE. Subjects in the escitalopram and TCC condition also showed significantly greater improvements in 36-Item Short Form Health Survey physical functioning and cognitive tests and a decline in the inflammatory marker, C-reactive protein, compared with the control group.

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