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Seniors

Tai chi augments pharmaceutical treatment of depression in seniors.

March 12, 2011 · 1 Comment 

Nearly two-thirds of seniors treated for depression fail to achieve remission with pharmaceutical treatment. Researchers at at the University of California Los Angeles carried out a study to see if tai chi could help achieve improved results when used as a complimentary treatment to escitalopram (brand name Lexipro). 112 patients with major depression at least 60 years old were treated with escitalopram for 4 weeks. Of these 72 partial responders all of whom continued to take escitalopram were divided at random into two groups with one group taking tai chi classes twice a week for 10 weeks... [Read the full story]

Fall Prevention

Tai Chi reduces Fear of Falling among the Elderly

January 16, 2011 · Leave a Comment 

Fear of falling is major health problem among elderly adults. Researchers at Chang-Gung University in Taiwan studied the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral strategies with and without tai chi in reducing the fear of falling. Participants were randomly assigned to a control group, a cognitive-behavioral group without tai chi or a cognitive-behavioral group with tai chi. Participants in the tai chi group had significant improvements in fear of falling, mobility, social support behavior and satisfaction and quality of life five months after the intervention compared to the cognitive behavior... [Read the full story]

Immune System

Tai chi is found to augment the immune response to the varicella zoster virus.

March 30, 2009 · Leave a Comment 

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles studied the effects of tai chi on resting and vaccine-stimulated levels of cell-mediated immunity to the varicella zoster virus and on health functioning in older adults. 112 healthy adults over aged 59 to 86 were randomly assigned to receive 25 weeks of tai chi or health education. After 16 weeks both groups were vaccinated with the VARIVAX vaccine, which is licensed to prevent varicella, the virus that causes shingles. The tai chi group was found to have significantly higher levels of varicella cell-mediated immunity than the health... [Read the full story]

Stress

Tai Chi improves psychological well-being

March 5, 2011 · 1 Comment 

Researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of tai chi on psychological well-being. They reviewed the effects of tai chi on stress, anxiety, depression, mood disturbance and self-esteem. Forty studies with involving 3817 subjects met the researcher’s inclusion criteria. The meta-analysis found significant reductions in stress, anxiety and depression and enhanced mood. Several studies also showed positive effects on self-esteem, but there was insufficient data to perform a meta-analysis for that outcome. The average age of... [Read the full story]

Arthritis

Systematic review finds Tai Chi reduces pain in adults with lower limb osteoarthritis

November 19, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

A systematic review of studies investigating the influence of exercise programs on pain among adults with knee and hip osteoarthritis found that exercise programs based on tai chi had better results than mixed exercise programs, but without clear differences. The authors were able to retrieve 33 studies on the influence of different exercise programs on pain. While more research will be needed to clarify differences between exercise programs, it is interesting to note that tai chi stood out among the various programs which also included strength training aerobic programs, hydrotherapy and mixed... [Read the full story]

Arthritis

Systematic review finds Tai Chi reduces pain in adults with lower limb osteoarthritis

November 19, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

A systematic review of studies investigating the influence of exercise programs on pain among adults with knee and hip osteoarthritis found that exercise programs based on tai chi had better results than mixed exercise programs, but without clear differences. The authors were able to retrieve 33 studies on the influence of different exercise programs on pain. While more research will be needed to clarify differences between exercise programs, it is interesting to note that tai chi stood out among the various programs which also included strength training aerobic programs, hydrotherapy and mixed... [Read the full story]

Fall Prevention

Tai Chi reduces Fear of Falling among the Elderly

Fear of falling is major health problem among elderly adults. Researchers at Chang-Gung University in Taiwan studied the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral strategies with and without tai chi in reducing the fear of falling. Participants were randomly assigned to a control group, a cognitive-behavioral group without tai chi or a cognitive-behavioral... Read more of this article


Tai chi found to be one of the most cost-effective fall prevention programs for older adults.

A study comparing the cost-effectiveness of fall prevention programs that reduce fall-related hip fractures in older adults found that group tai chi and the medical management of psychotropic medications were the least costly and most effective methods available. While the medical management of psychotropic medications as well as tai chi was considered... Read more of this article


Review of controlled trials show tai chi to be effective at reducing risk of falls among seniors.

Review of controlled trials show tai chi to be effective at reducing risk of falls among seniors.

A systematic review of randomizes trials of interventions to reduce falls in community-dwelling seniors published in the April 2009 Cochrane Database Syst Rev. found that tai chi is effective at reducing the rate of falls. In addition to tai chi, multiple-component group exercise, individually prescribed multiple-component home-based exercise,... Read more of this article


Study fails to show 26 hours per year of tai chi enough to reduce risk of falls among seniors.

Researchers at Erasmus MS University in the Netherlands randomly assigned 269 older adults to a tai chi or control group. The tai chi group received two hours of tai chi training for 13 weeks. Falls were recorded in both groups during the 12 months following the start of the tai chi classes. There was no statistically significant difference in the... Read more of this article


Tai Chi for Falls Prevention Program Successfully Implemented

Researchers at the Oregon Research Institute demonstrated that a tai chi based falls-prevention program developed from a clinical trial could be replicated. The program was evaluated at 6 community centers. All 6 centers successfully implemented the program with an 87% reach into the target population. The participants showed significant improvements... Read more of this article


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Immune System

Tai chi is found to augment the immune response to the varicella zoster virus.

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles studied the effects of... 


Tai chi improves antibody response to influenza vaccine in older adults.

Researchers at the University of Illinois citing previous studies that suggest that... 


Regular tai chi exercise improves T cell helper function in type 2 diabetics.

Regular tai chi exercise improves T cell helper function in type 2 diabetics.

Researchers in Taiwan carried out a case-control study of 30 pairs... 


Functional mobility and regulatory T cell function enhanced after tai chi program.

Researchers at the Chang Gung Institute of Technology in Kaohsiung Taiwan investigated... 


Regular moderate physical activity can prevent the neuroendocrine and detrimental immunological effects of stress.

Dr. Fleshner of the University of Colorado in Boulder writes in the May 2000 edition... 


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Stress

Tai Chi improves psychological well-being

Researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston performed a systematic review and... 


Study finds tai chi effective at reducing the impact of tension headaches.

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles studied examined the benefits... 


Pilot study of stress management via tai chi shows significant benefits.

Researchers at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany conducted an... 


Regular moderate physical activity can prevent the neuroendocrine and detrimental immunological effects of stress.

Dr. Fleshner of the University of Colorado in Boulder writes in the May 2000 edition... 


Teaching Tai Chi and Meditation in Prisons

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