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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.

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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