Effects of Health Qigong Baduanjin on Diabetic Women

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiQigongForHealthArticle.asp?cID=2&sID=3&article=chi_201806_4&subject=Diabetes A new Chinese research investigated the effect of Health Qigong Baduanjin on the related indexes of obese middle-aged women with diabetes and to provide new ideas for the intervention treatment of diabetes. A total of 40 middle-aged female obese diabetic patients were randomly divided into the control group and the exercise group. The fitness training group performed eight new Baduanjin exercises for 24 weeks of intervention, while the control group did not exercise. Body weight, waist circumference, body mass index (BMI), waist hip ratio (WHR), fasting blood glucose (FPG), glycos

High-intensity and Frequent Tai Chi Reduce Severity of Fibromyalgia Symptoms

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiQigongForHealthArticle.asp?cID=2&sID=60&article=chi_201806_3&subject=Other%20Health%20Topics June 25, 2018 - A random clinical trial by Tufts Medical Center in Boston directly compared the effectiveness of long-term Tai Chi with aerobic exercise on symptoms and function of patients with fibromyalgia (FM). Their findings are published in the June, 2018 issue of Annals of internal medicine. This trial involved 226 adults (older than 21 with mean age 52 year) who had FM with a Widespread Pain Index >= 7 plus a Symptom Severity Scale score >= 5 or a Widespread Pain Index of 3 to 6 plus a Symptom Severity Scale score >= 9. Tai chi was implemented in 2 doses for

Self-reported Benefits of Qigong by VA Hospital Patients

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiQigongForHealthArticle.asp?cID=2&sID=60&article=chi_201806_1&subject=Other%20Health%20Topics June 25, 2018 - Movement-based therapies, such as Tai Chi and Qigong, are beneficial for a range of health conditions and are used more frequently by individuals with chronic illness. Yet little is known about how patients with chronic conditions characterize the health benefits of movement-based therapies. A study recently published by the journal Chronic illness conducted focus groups with 31 patients enrolled in yoga and Qigong programs for chronic conditions at two VA medical centers, one in Bedford, MA and the other in Boston. Transcripts were analyzed using c

Systematic Review of Effectiveness of Tai Chi and Qigong on COPD

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiQigongForHealthArticle.asp?cID=2&sID=60&article=chi_201805_4&subject=Other%20Health%20Topics May 24, 2018 - A new article published by International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease reported a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the effectiveness of meditative movement on COPD patients. The authors searched PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Center Register of Controlled Trials for relevant studies. The methods of standard meta-analysis were utilized for identifying relevant researches (until August 2017), quality appraisal, and synthesis. The primary outcomes were the 6-minute walking distance (6MWD), lung functi

Effects of Tai Chi on Balance and Gait in Stroke Survivors

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiQigongForHealthArticle.asp?cID=2&sID=60&article=chi_201805_3&subject=Other%20Health%20Topics May 24, 2018 - A Chinese study reported by Journal of rehabilitation medicine this month investigated the effects of Tai Chi on balance and gait in stroke survivors. In this systematic meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on the effects of Tai Chi on balance and gait in stroke survivors, 5 randomized controlled trials, with a total of 346 patients, were included in the meta-analysis. All of these studies had a high bias based on the Cochrane Collaboration recommendation, and a relatively small sample size. In the pooled analysis, the Tai Chi group exhibite

Can Tai Chi and Qigong Postures Shape Our Mood?

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiQigongForHealthArticle.asp?cID=2&sID=10&article=chi_201805_1&subject=Mental%20Health May 24, 2018 - In this National Mental Health Awareness Month, the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published a study performed by Harvard Medical School and University of British Columbia on how the body posture in Tai Chi and Qigong may help mental states. Dynamic and static body postures are a defining characteristic of mind-body practices such as Tai Chi and Qigong (TCQ). A growing body of evidence supports the hypothesis that TCQ may be beneficial for psychological health, including management and prevention of depression and anxiety. Although a variety of caus

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