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GENERAL BENEFITS: [T'ai Chi] teaches inner strength while
toning muscles, increasing flexibility, and boosting immune power.
It is also said to reduce stress, store up energy, increase body
awareness, and improve balance and coordination. T'ai Chi was
the closely held secret of a few Chinese families for nearly 1,000
years... Men's Health Magazine. 8 Mar/Apr '93 p. 66-69
PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS: Relative to measurement beforehand,
practice of T'ai Chi raised heart rate, increased nonadrenaline
excretion in urine, and decreased salivary cortisol concentration.
Relative to baseline levels, [Test Subjects] reported less tension,
depression, anger, fatigue, confusion and state-anxiety; they
felt more vigorous, and in general they had less total mood disturbance.
(American Psychological Association) Journal of Psychosomatic
Research, 1989 Vol 33 (2) 197-206
MENTAL HOMEOSTASIS: Pscyhological homeostasis refers to
emotional control or tranquility. It has been stated that the
biological function of human emotion and repression is primarily
homeostatic. Evidence suggests that a feedback relationship exists
between forms of homeostasis, and the body-mind type of therapies
(including acupuncture and T'ai Chi) thus have a combined physiological,
physical, and psychological effect. (American Psychological
Association) American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 1981 Spr Vol
9 (1) 1-14
IMMUNE SYSTEM: A study conducted in China indicates that
T'ai Chi may increase the number of T lymphocytes in the body.
Also know as T-Cells, these lymphocytes help the immune system
destroy bacteria and possibly even tumor cells Prevention Magazine
V. 42, May 90, p.14-15
BREATHING, ACHES, BLOODPRESSURE: ...participants observed
a "big increase in breathing capacity", a disappearance of backaches
and neckaches, those with high blood pressure claimed a drop of
10 to 15 mm Hg systolic at rest, and all participants claimed
to have more energy in their daily work. Hawaii Medical Journal
- Vol 51 No. 8 August 92 BALANCE: A ten year study on aging through
Harvard, Yale and Emory University determined not only that T'ai
Chi was superior to more technological balance therapies, but
that T'ai Chi reduced the risk of injury by falling by 48%. Complications
from these injuries are the sixth leading cause of death in older
Americans, and account for about $10 billion loss per year to
the economy. USA Today, May 1996
MENTAL & PHYSICAL STRESS: Mind & body exercises, such
as ... T'ai Chi ... are increasingly replacing high-impact
aerobics, long distance running and other body punishing excercises
of the 1980's ...Mind/body workouts are kinder to the joints
and muscles . . reduce the tension that often contributes to the
development of disease, which makes them especially appropriate
for high powered, stressed out baby boomers. Unlike most conventional
exercises, these forms are intended to stretch, tone, an relax
the whole body instead of isolating parts ... based on a series
of progressive choreographed movements coordinated with deep breathing.
Working Woman Magazine V 20 Feb. 95 p. 60-62+
POSTURAL CONTROL: T'ai Chi, a traditional Chinese exercise,
is a series of individual dance like movements linked together
in a continuous, smooth-flowing sequence ... An analysis of
variance (ANOVA) domonstrated that in 3 of 5 tests, the T'ai Chi
practitioners had significantly better postural control than the
sedentary non practitioners. American Journal of Occupational
Therapy, 1992 Apr Vol 46 (4) 295-300
BEYOND TRADITIONAL CARE: Health practitioners encountering
clients who are faced with problems that do not seem to respond
to traditional health care ... may employ some of the health
traditions of other cultures and to view the body and mind as
a balanced whole. Massage, acupuncture and T'ai Chi ... focus
on the mind/body connection to facilitate healing through relaxation,
pressure points, and movement. AAOHN Journal, 1993 July, 41
CURES/PREVENTIONS: Proponents claim that T'ai Chi can
also (1) cure illnesses such as hypertension, asthma, and insomnia;
(2) prevent arteriosclerosis and spinal deformity, and (3) shorten
recovery phase from long-term illness. Results from a study by
Chen Munyi (1963) with elderlyl T'ai Chi practitioners show that
this group had RTs, strength, and flexibility superior to nonpractitioners.
(American Psychological Association) American Journal of Chinese
Medicine, 1981 Spr Vol 9(1) 15-22
BALANCE: Institute of Chicago indicates that people with
moderate balance problems can be helped by practicing T'ai Chi.
Participants...of the 2 month course ...experienced about a 10
percent improvement in balance. An Emory University study supports
Hain's findings. Prevention Magazine V. 46 Dec. 94 p. 71-72
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: No significant exacerbation of joint
symptoms using this weight bearing system of exercises (Tai Chi)
was observed. T'ai Chi exercises appear to be safe for RA patients...weight
bearing exercises have the potential advantages of stimulating
bone growth and strengthening connective tissue, ... American
Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, June 1991, 70
(3) p. 136-141
SUPPORT GROUPS RECOMMENDING T'AI CHI: MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FIBROMYALGIA
PARKINSON'S DISEASE LUPUS MIGRAINES CHRONIC PAIN AIDS: Proper
exercise [for AIDS sufferers] is typified by T'ai Chi. Dr. Laurence
E. Badgley, M.D. PSYCHOLOGY: "T'ai Chi is a natural and safe vehicle
for both clients and staff to learn and experience the benefits
of being able to channel, concentrate and co-ordinate their bodies
and minds: to learn to relax and to "neutralize" rather than resist
the stress in their personal lives. This is an ability which we
greatly need to nurture in our modern fast-paced society. Dr.
John Beaulieu, N.D., M.T.R.S. Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, N.Y.C.
[Refer to the T'ai Chi book "The Supreme Ultimate" for full
TAI CHI & GESTALT THERAPY: Discussion of T'ai Chi, a Chinese
system of integrated exercises, as an effective adjunct to Gestalt
Therapy. (American Psychological Association) Journal of Contemporary
Psychotherapy, 1978 Fall Vol 10 (1) 25-31
PSYCHOSOMATIC ILLNESS: A holistic paradigm, T'ai Chi,
is proposed as a theoretical basis for treating psychosomatic
illness. (American Psychological Assn.) Journal of Black Psychology,
1980 Aug. Vol 7(1) 27-43
TAI CHI HELPS UNDERSTAND CHANGE: Suggests the imagery
of the T'ai Chi figure ... can serve as a model for understanding
the processes of change within psychotherapy. The T'ai Chi figure
expresses the themes of unity and completeness, the dynamic of
interplay and balance of opposite forces, and the cyclical nature
of therapeutic change. (American Psychological Assn.) Psychologia,
An International Journal of Psychology in the Orient, 1991 Mar
Vol 34 (1) 18-27
ELDERLY: According to T'ai Chi enthusiasts, the discipline
can prevent many ailments, including high blood pressure, tuberculosis,
and diabetes, and US scientists agree that T'ai Chi can offer
some important fitness benefits, particularly for older adults.
Modern Maturity, V. 35 June/July 92 p. 60-62
CARDIORESPERITORY EFFECTS: Conclusion: The data substatiate
that practicing T'ai Chi regularly may delay the decline of cardioresperatory
function in older individuals. In addition, TC may be prescribed
as a suitable aerobics exercise for older adults. Journal of
American Geriatric Society, Nov. 1995, 43 (11) p 1222-1227 ISSN
0002-8614 Journal Code: H6V
SPORTS HEALTH: [Former] Boston Celtic's star Robert Parish,
who, at age 39, is the oldest player in the NBA, credits the ancient
martial art of T'ai Chi with his durability. Parish remains dominant
in his 17th season in the league, and he has no plans to retire.
He started all 79 games that he played last year for the Celtics,
averaging 14.1 points, shooting 54 percent from the field and
77 percent from the free throw line, and racking up a season total
of 705 rebounds and 97 blocked shots. Inspired by his success,
fellow Celtics players Reggie Lewis and Rick Fox have signed on
with Li (Parish's T'ai Chi instructor). Gentlemen's Quarterly
V. 62 Dec. 92, p 256-60 March 13, 1999
LANCET (Vol 353) Reporting research results on t'ai chi.
Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 1999; 47:277-84. It
reports a randomized study and gives blood pressure numbers.
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