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Tai Chi exercise is more effective than brisk walking

Tai Chi exercise is more effective than brisk walking in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors among adults with hypertension: A randomized controlled trial.


These findings indicate that Tai Chi offered greater and longer-term benefits than brisk walking in reducing modifiable CVD risk factors (especially blood pressure, obesity, blood glucose levels and psychosocial well-being). This study was a randomized control trial of  246 participants, randomized into three groups. Participants in the tai chi group attended a tai chi class for one hour twice a week for 3 months with 20 people per class. A follow up step showed that the results lasted 9 months after the study completed.

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Tai Chi and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Compared for Patients With COPD

Tai Chi and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Compared for Patients With COPD.

 This study  shows that there is another beneficial treatment other than traditional pulmonary rehabilitation for people with COPD. It compared traditional pulmonary rehabilitation with a Tai Chi treatment. Tai Chi/Qigong was done five times weekly for 12 weeks. The improvements were the same during the study period but the main benefit was that after 3 months Tai Chi’s improvements remained while the pulmonary rehabilitation benefits declined.

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Recommendation: May 2017 issue of Harvard HealthBeat cites Tai Chi moves (aka qigong)

May 2017 issue of Harvard HealthBeat  newsletter addresses balance, and highlights tai chi moves (aka qigong) as one of the ways to improve balance.

 

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Cultivating life energy, Qigong in Cancer Care

Cultivating life energy, Qigong in Cancer Care

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Qigong in Cancer Care: Theory, Evidence-Base, and Practice.

 

Qigong in Cancer Care: Theory, Evidence-Base, and Practice.  Author: Penelope Klein.

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Emerging Research Bibliography

Emerging Research Supporting Health Benefits of Qigong Exercise and Tai Chi practiced as Qigong: 2010 through 2014. A Bibliography.

  • A search and review of the literature for high quality research studies resulted in identification of 64 articles: 53 primary, randomized controlled clinical studies and 11 literature reviews validating therapeutic benefit of qigong exercise and tai chi practiced as qigong.
  • The assembled bibliography was then categorized into clinical areas including cancer care, fall prevention, cardiac and cardiovascular, pulmonary care, healthy aging, stress management and immune support quality of life, general health benefits,  Bone Health, Parkinson’s , Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Obesity, Diabetes, Neurologic, and Mode of delivery.
  • It is the hoped that this bibliographic effort will serve as a resource in advancement of qigong exercise practice in health promotion and integrative health care.
  • This bibliography is a service of the National Qigong Association, Research and Education Committee.


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