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2009-06-17 16:38:52

Researchers in Australia conducted a systematic review of Tai Chi studies and found it produces positive effects in those suffering from arthritis. Tai Chi is a form of exercise regularly practiced in China for general health purposes but has increasing popularity in North America and Australia. It is usually incorporated into people's daily activities and preformed in a group, but can also be practiced individually. First author Amanda Hall of The George Institute for International Health at...

2009-06-16 09:15:45

A new study by The George Institute for International Health has found Tai Chi to have positive health benefits for musculoskeletal pain. The results of the first comprehensive analysis of Tai Chi suggest that it produces positive effects for improving pain and disability among arthritis sufferers.The researchers are now embarking on a new trial to establish if similar benefits can be seen among people with chronic low back pain."This is the first robust evidence to support the beneficial...

2009-06-02 08:04:34

The results of a new analysis have provided good evidence to suggest that tai chi is beneficial for arthritisThe results of a new analysis have provided good evidence to suggest that Tai Chi is beneficial for arthritis. Specifically, it was shown to decrease pain with trends towards improving overall physical health, level of tension and satisfaction with health status.Musculoskeletal pain, such as that experienced by people with arthritis, places a severe burden on the patient and community...

2009-05-04 10:15:00

BLOWING ROCK, N.C., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Mehmet Oz on Oprah called qigong "the secret to anti-aging." It's the "miracle exercise" for people seeking to avoid drugs, surgery, and expensive doctor bills. Medical Tai Chi, known in China as Qigong, may eventually replace health insurance for many Americans. Qigong ('chee gong', or chi kung) retreats are growing in popularity in the USA as a low-cost, self-care health system. (Photo:...

2009-03-24 20:37:41

A University of Illinois at Chicago researcher found that stroke survivors can improve their balance by practicing the Chinese martial art of tai chi. Christina Hui-Chan, who has studied and used tai chi as a way to improve balance and minimize falls among healthy elderly subjects, studied 136 subjects in Hong Kong who had suffered a stroke more than six months earlier. Participants were randomly assigned to a tai chi group or a control group that practiced breathing, stretching and other...

2009-03-23 11:33:47

Stroke can impair balance, heightening the risk of a debilitating fall. But a University of Illinois at Chicago researcher has found that stroke survivors can improve their balance by practicing the Chinese martial art of tai chi. Christina Hui-Chan, professor and head of physical therapy at UIC, has studied and used tai chi as a way to improve balance and minimize falls among healthy elderly subjects. Now she and a colleague have seen similar results in a group of stroke survivors. The study...

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2008-06-21 15:55:00

Study shows that tai chi chih promotes healthier sleep in older adults More than half of all older adults complain about having difficulties sleeping. Most don't bother seeking treatment. Those who do usually turn either to medications, which can lead to other health problems, or behavior therapies, which are costly and often not available close to home. Now, UCLA researchers report that practicing tai chi chih, the Westernized version of a 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art, promotes sleep...

2005-08-01 18:08:10

University of Queensland researchers are using traditional Chinese exercises to combat the growing problem of diabetes. In a study that is believed to be the first in the world to evaluate the effectiveness of Qigong and Tai Chi to combat the disease, PhD student Liu Xin has developed a series of exercises to reduce the risk of progression to Type 2 diabetes. The exercises target risk factors, including high blood pressure and high blood glucose levels, by focusing particularly on the...

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2005-06-27 15:05:00

Older people who took part in a structured programme of Tai Chi found that their balance and physical strength improved, reducing the risk of falls, according to a paper in the latest Journal of Advanced Nursing. Researchers studied a group of fall-prone adults, with an average age of 78, living in residential care. 29 undertook a 12-week Tai Chi course three times a week and 30 formed the non-exercise control group. They found that the physical fitness of the exercise group showed...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.