Cognitive Function, Neuroplasticity, and Dementia. Although longer follow up periods are desired to make stronger conclusions, a large trial found that after one year a Tai Chi trial group showed greater improvements in cognitive performance after one year than a group assigned to a stretching and toning program. Fewer of those in the Tai Chi group progressed to dementia, and the author's conclusion was that Tai Chi may offer specific benefits to cognition. (Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, page 185. Additional studies showing Tai Chi benefits in cognitive function found on page 186.) -- Harvard Health Publications Read more at Harvard Health Publications ...
Researchers at the University of Washington tested the physical ability of 2,288 people aged 65 or over with no signs of dementia. After six years, 319 had developed dementia. Those with the best balance and walking abilities at the start of the study were three times less likely to have developed dementia as those with lower physical abilities. The good news is that practicing can dramatically improve your balance within months or even weeks ... a very good reason to practice Tai Chi and Chi Kung. -- National Health System UK http://www.networks.nhs.uk/nhs-networks/tai-chi-chi-kung-for-
WorldTaiChiDay.org note: Research shows that Tai Chi is the most effective balance conditioning
exercise known. See our WorldTaiChiDay.org Medical Research Library page: "Balance Disorders"
Medical research shows that Tai Chi
increases brain size.
WTCQD founder, Bill Douglas, was interviewed by Prevention Magazine regarding
ways people can find local classes and get started
Al Gibb, H., Morris, C.T., & Gleisberg, J. (1997). A therapeutic programme for people with dementia. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 3(3), 191-199.
Harvard Medical School Releases Historic Tai Chi Medical Research Lecture
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* NOTE: World Tai Chi & Qigong Day advises consulting your physician before beginning any new exercise, herbal, diet, or health program. The research listed here is meant to stimulate a discussion between you and your physician, health insurance carrier, etc., not as medical advise. Research and comments provided here are hoped to stimulate a more robust discussion of powerful natural mind/body health tools. Popular media, health media, and government must increase attention to stunning emerging research, including the UCLA study indicating Tai Chi participants enjoyed a 50% increase in immune system resistance to viral infection.
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Also, search the Qigong Institute's "Qigong and Energy Medicine Database," for research abstracts on Tai Chi & Qigong.
The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™ is a compilation of references to a series of extensive clinical and experimental research on medical applications of Qigong carried out in China and beyond beginning about 1980. These studies as well as to reports in scientific journals, books, international conferences, and The National Library of Medicine and PubMed. The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™ provides a record in English of the vast amount of clinical and experimental research on Qigong from China as well from other countries. Included are reports of therapies that have been tried and claimed to be effective. These reports can be used as a guide for improving health and for deciding what further research may be required to confirm promising applications of Qigong.
The Qigong & Energy Medicine Database™ contains references not only to Qigong but also to other energy-based research, therapies, clinical trials, and practices. While the emphasis is on scientific reports, reviews are provided in some cases. The Database contains abstracts (not full text). Abstracts range in length from a paragraph to several pages and may contain information on methodology, controlled experiments, results summarized in tables, and statistical analysis.
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