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Tai Chi Beats Aerobic Exercise for Fibromyalgia

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The international magazine Medscape recently reported that new research comparing the traditional martial art, tai chi with aerobic exercise, for improving the overall severity of fibromyalgia symptoms was as good if not better.

A non-drug treatment, tai chi appears effective for better managing fibromyalgia," the investigators, led by Chenchen Wang, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, writes, ‘This mind-body approach may be considered a therapeutic option in the multidisciplinary management of fibromyalgia.’ The study was published online March 21 in the BMJ.

A single-blind trial over a 52 week period also showed improvements in depression, anxiety, self-efficacy, and the mental component of the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) quality-of-life measure.

The study included 226 people with fibromyalgia who were randomly assigned to receive supervised aerobic exercise for 24 weeks, twice weekly, or one of four Yang-style supervised tai chi interventions, 12 or 24 weeks once or twice weekly. Participants were followed for 52 weeks. Investigators report adherence was "rigorously" encouraged in person and by telephone.

Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder, characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and prominent physical and psychological impairment. Although aerobic exercise is recommended as a standard treatment for fibromyalgia many patients find it difficult to exercise because of fluctuations in symptoms.

Some trials have suggested that tai chi alleviates pain and improves physical and mental health in patients with fibromyalgia but concluded that larger and more rigorous trials are needed to confirm the results. At this time, the duration and frequency of tai chi required to achieve optimal benefits are unknown as compared with aerobic exercise.

More details is here.

Harvard Medical School supports Tai Chi as the Secret Power of Healing

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Last month Healthbeat, a publication of Harvard Medical School reported that the regular practice of Tai Chi leads to a healthier, happier life.

The key to Tai Chi’s scientifically backed health benefits is ‘qi’ the vital energy of the body. When qi flows freely the body is balanced and healthy. If qi is weakened or blocked, physical, mental and emotional problems are experienced.

In an increasing number of recent studies, tai chi has proven to benefit health in many ways including: lower blood pressure, reduce stress, build strength and balance, slow the onset of dementia, relieve pain. Everyone can benefit regardless of fitness levels without the risk of injury.

More info at: www.health.harvard.edu

2nd World Health Qigong Day 2018

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The 2nd World Health Qigong Day will be celebrated from 10.00am to 12.00noon on Saturday 8 September 2018.

The celebration will be held at Flinders Street Amphitheatre, Federation Square.

Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating this world-wide event.

World Health Qigong Day

Health Qigong - A way to healthy life

A Guide to Tai Chi on wellbeing.com.au

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Here is a link to an article, A Guide to Tai Chi featuring Master Han Jin Song talking about Tai Chi.

Link to the article

Tai Chi can make the mind sharper

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Harvard Medical School publication reports that Tai Chi can make the mind sharper.

Earlier this year a report in Healthbeat a publication of Harvard Medical School claimed that Tai Chi improve cognitive function and allows a sharper mind. It reported that changes in brain function start at around age 50. These can affect memory and thought processes such as being able to perform multiple tasks, process information rapidly and focus on details. By age 70 one in six people has mild cognitive impairment, which may progress to Alzheirmer’s disease.

It further stated that up until 20 years ago, it was believed that the brain only produced new cells early in life. However, recent research show that the brain has the ability to change throughout an entire life span, growing new cells, making new connections and even increasing in size. These changes improve cognition.

A meta-analysis of 20 studies on Tai Chi and cognition, showed Tai Chi to improve the ability to perform multiple tasks, process information rapidly and focus on details 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 thought processes.

In one study, researchers had nearly 400 Chinese men and women with some cognitive impairment perform either Ti Chi or a stretching and toning program three times a week. After one year, the Tai Chi group showed greater improvements and only 2% progressed to dementia.

In another study, Tai Chi outperformed walking. After 40 weeks of either Tai Chi, walking, social interaction or no intervention, researchers compared MRI images and found that brain volume increased the most in the Tai Chi Group. They also performed better on cognitive tests.

 

The 2018 International Forum in Health Qigong

Friday, April 06, 2018

Additional optional workshops have been added to the Forum.

They will held on April 23 (Melbourne), 24 (Melbourne) and 28 (Tasmania).

View the optional workshops here.

Term 2 class changes

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Please note there have changes made to the following classes:

Glen Iris has been added, a new Laverton class, change to Cheltenham and no Mulgrave class due to renovation.

Please view the details for these classes on the Beginners Classes and Regular Classes pages.

The 2018 International Forum in Health Qigong

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Final details and program of The 2018 International Forum in Health Qigong Melbourne.

The final program and Health Qigong exponents from China coming to Melbourne for the forum.

21 – 22 April 2018, Melbourne.

Full program details and booking form here.

Effects of Health Qigong and Parkinson’s Disease

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A repost of the article on relieving symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease to coincide with the forum coming up in April.

This research was conducted by three researchers from the Beijing Sport University, Texas A&M University and University of Texas at Tyler.

Link to the original article here Link to the article

Or download a pdf of the article below:

Effects of Health Qigong Exercises on Relieving Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease Effects of Health Qigong Exercises on Relieving Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (1546 KB)

Qigong at Federation Square

Health Qigong Programs in China

Saturday, November 11, 2017

International Health Qigong tournament and junior training in China announced.

Invitation of the 1st China Wudang Mountain International Health Qigong Yi Jin Jing Tournament and Exchange

The 1st China Wudang Mountain International Health Qigong Yi Jin Jing Tournament and Exchange will be held in Wudang Shan, China from 29 November to 2 December 2017.

Junior International Health Qigong Instructor Training Programme

To meet the needs for the development of Health Qigong worldwide, IHQF is officially launching the first class of the Junior International Health Qigong Instructor Training Programme which is hosted by the International Health Qigong QiXiu Academy in Langfang, China. The first part of this course will be held from 13 to 22 January 2018 and the second part will be held in July 2018 in China.

Please contact us by emailing to info@taichiaustralia.com.au or call 03 9889 9999 if you are interested in the above program and we will be pleased to discuss it with you.