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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Health Benefits of Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations.

Tai Chi on Balancing


In 136 patients who’d had a stroke at least six months earlier, 12 weeks of Tai Chi improved standing balance more than a general exercise program that entailed breathing, stretching, and mobilizing muscles and joints involved in sitting and walking.[1,2]

Tai Chi on Cognitive Performance


In a meta-analysis of 20 studies on tai chi and cognition,[8] tai chi appears to improve executive function—the ability to multitask, manage time, and make decisions—in people without any cognitive decline. In those with mild cognitive impairment, tai chi slowed the progression to dementia more than other types of exercise and improved their cognitive function in a comparable fashion to other types of exercise or cognitive training.

In one study,[9] researchers had nearly 400 Chinese men and women with some cognitive impairment perform either tai chi or a stretching and toning program three times a week. After a year, the tai chi group showed greater improvements, and only 2% of that group progressed to dementia, while 11% from the traditional exercise group did.

In another study,[10] tai chi outperformed walking. Following 40 weeks of either tai chi, walking, social interaction, or no intervention, researchers compared MRI images and discovered that brain volume increased the most in the tai chi group. In addition, that group also performed better on cognitive tests.

Other Benefits


When we consciously and mindfully focus on our breathing, a rhythmic pattern of healthy heart rate variability (HRV) and healthy immune function result.[3, 4] And that mean a longer and healthier life. For cancer and fibromyalgia patients, you can also slow your heart rate by deep breathing to reduce pain.[5-7]

References

  1. The health benefits of tai chi
  2. Effect of Tai Chi on physical function, fall rates and quality of life among older stroke survivors
  3. Breathe Deeply to Activate Vagus Nerve (Travel to Health)
  4. Shingles and Its Remedies (Travel and Health)
    • A UCLA study found that practicing tai chi chih can significantly boosts the immune systems of older adults against the virus that leads to the painful, blistery rash known as shingles.
  5. "Ultra-Longevity" by Mark Liponis, MD
  6. Breathe Deeply to Activate Vagus Nerve (Travel to Health)
  7. Fibromyalgia misconceptions: Interview with a Mayo Clinic expert
  8. The Impact of Tai Chi on Cognitive Performance in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  9. Interim follow-up of a randomized controlled trial comparing Chinese style mind body (Tai Chi) and stretching exercises on cognitive function in subjects at risk of progressive cognitive decline
  10. Changes in Brain Volume and Cognition in a Randomized Trial of Exercise and Social Interaction in a Community-Based Sample of Non-Demented Chinese Elders