Health conditions helped by Tai Chi

Health benefits that can be helped by practising tai chi and qigong:

Some research findings suggest that tai chi may help with:

Improves muscle strength and flexibility  – Research  by Stanford University study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine in 2006 and also in Japanese research.

Sleep – Los Angeles University of California published a study on sleep and tai chi in ‘Sleep’ in 2008,  stating improved quality and duration of sleep in people with moderate sleep complaints.

Hypertension – In a review of studies published in 2008 in ‘Preventive Cardiology’ , Dr. Yeh reported that in 85% of trials, tai chi lowered blood pressure.

Cardiac health – A study by the National Taiwan University, published in 2008 in the ‘Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine’  found that a year of tai chi lowered blood pressure, and improved levels of cholesterol in people at risk of heart disease.

Arthritis – Research at Tufts University, presented at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in 2008 that an hour of tai chi twice a week reduced pain, improved mood and physical functioning more than standard stretching exercises in people with severe knee osteoarthritis. And a Korean study published in 2008 in’Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine’, claimed that tai chi improved flexibility and slowed the disease process in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful and debilitating inflammatory form of arthritis that affects the spine.

Low bone density – A review by Dr. Wayne and other Harvard researchers indicates that tai chi may be a safe and effective way to maintain bone density in post-menopausal women.

Osteoarthritis – A study reported results of less joint pain and stiffness in people suffering from osteoarthritis after they started practising tai chi.

Stroke – rehabilitation –  Findings of research published in ‘Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair’ in 2009 found that patients who’d had had a stroke at least six months earlier, improved their standing balance better with tai chi than with a general exercise program.

Breast cancer – A study at the University of Rochester, published in 2008 in ‘Medicine and Sport Science’ revealed improvement in daily physical activities and quality of life in women suffering from breast cancer or the side effects of breast cancer treatment.

Parkinson’s disease – A study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, published in ‘Gait and Posture’ in 2008, revealed that people with mild to moderately severe Parkinson’s disease improved their  walking ability, balance and general wellbeing practising tai chi.

Shingles – A tai chi study found that participants reported improvements in function, pain, vitality and mental health. Tai chi prompted an immune response to the varicella-zoster virus similar to that prompted by the varicella vaccine. When combined with the vaccine, tai chi helped create even greater levels of immunity.

Strengthens the immune system – Tai chi movements increases our blood flow and more importantly our lymph flow. Lymph circulation is entirely dependent on our physical body movements. Lymth is the fluid responsible for transporting immune system cells to where they are needed in the body.

Helps reduce tension and stress.

Helps mental clarity and creativity.

Helps increase blood flow .

Helps increase  muscle strength in the legs.

Helps improve balance, coordination and reduces falls.

Helps improve general mobility and flexibility.

Helps improve joints and mobility.

Helps improve mobility in the ankle, hip and knee for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

 

tai chi and multiple sclerosis

http://www.mstrust.org.uk/research/updates/articles/update140826.jsp

tai chi and depression

https://www.networks.nhs.uk/nhs-networks/tai-chi-chi-kung-for-rehabilitation/news/tai-chi-alleviates-depression/newsitem_popview

tai chi and diabetes

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/102256.php

tai chi and lots of different ailments

http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-tai-chi