“Can Tai Chi Really Improve My Health?”
YES! Master Liao said it all along — the key to good health is strengthening and balancing your life energy through authentic and traditional Tai Chi practice. Below you’ll find proof that Tai Chi works! The following links are to just some of the many published research studies and press releases from the National Institutes of Health on the health benefits of Tai Chi:
Improves Bone Health
The first study shows Tai Chi improved bone density in older women. A second study shows that Tai Chi brought even greater improvement than resistance exercise for certain markers of bone health
Increases Certain Types of Immunity
A groundbreaking study showed that regular Tai Chi increased participants’ immunity to the virus that causes shingles and chickenpox.
Pain Relief in Osteoarthritis
In this study, Tai Chi results in less pain for those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee
Improves Foot Sensitivity in Diabetics
Through the use of balance evaluation, this study shows that Tai Chi improved plantar sensory ability in diabetic patients, preventing falls.
Prevents Falls in Older Adults
Several studies show Tai Chi increases balance in older adults, resulting in the prevention of falls
This study shows that Tai Chi delayed the decline of cardiorespiratory function in older adults
Eases Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Trials at Tufts Medical Center showed that after 12 weeks of Tai Chi, patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, did significantly better in measurements of pain, fatigue, physical functioning, sleeplessness and depression than did a comparable group given stretching exercises and wellness education. Taichi participants were also more likely to sustain improvements three months later.
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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Check out the National Institutes of Health page on Taichi, packed with research on the health benefits, peer-reviewed studies, links, and resources.
More Articles on Health and Taichi
Click here to read an article in the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, which summarized the proven health benefits of Tai Chi, calling it “moving medication.” The article cited research showing Taichi not only improved muscle strength, flexibility and balance, but also showed potential to help those with arthritis, breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease, sleep difficulties, hypertension, heart problems, as well as those seeking to maintain bone density or recover from the damage of stroke.
Click here to read how Tai chi exercise appears to be associated with improved quality of life, mood and exercise self-efficacy in patients with chronic heart failure, according to a report in an April 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
More research and clinical trials are underway on how Tai Chi may help improve a host of health conditions. We’re confident that the results will be just as promising! However, be sure you are practicing Taichi the right way to reap all of its benefits. Click here for an article by the Taichi Tao Center on Chi and Health >>>
Convinced yet? Why not start receiving all of the benefits of Taichi today by learning the most authentic form of Tai Chi for health with Master Waysun Liao on Taichitao.tv?
UPDATE: Tai Chi exercise improves working memory capacity and emotion regulation ability
Tai Chi exercise may improve individuals’ working memory capacity, and then improve their emotion regulation ability, which has provided insightful information for customized exercise programs for emotion regulation in adolescents. This suggests adolescents who are experiencing volatile moods and poor emotion regulation could improve their emotional health through regular Taichi classes. Read the study here…
ALSO: Tai Chi May be Effective Against Cognitive Decline in Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers from the Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine have found using 24-form simplified tai chi chuan shows increased cognitive function and physical markers in those with T2D and MCI over a traditional fitness walking group over a 36-week time period. Read more about the study…