Baby Calmed by Tai Chi
Baby Calmed by Tai Chi
aDD/ADHD and Tai Chi and qigong
Attention Deficit and Hyper-Activity Disorder and Tai Chi and Qigong
Research at the University of Miami School
of Medicine has shown that adolescents with ADHD (Attention
Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) displayed less anxiety,
daydreaming behaviors, inappropriate emotions and
hyperactivity, and greater improved conduct, after a five
week, two day per week class. T'ai Chi meets many of the
criteria for mood management techniques recommended for ADD
(see the Treating Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD] section
earlier in this chapter).
[Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T.M., & Thimas, E. (2001). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: benefits from Tai Chi. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 5(2):120-3, 2001 Apr, 5(23 ref), 120-123.]
Tai Chi May Improve Some ADHD Symptoms
May 26, 2010 (New Orleans, Louisiana) - The practice of tai chi chuan for 6 weeks during a summer camp improved behavior control in adolescents with mental illness, according to a study presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2010 Annual Meeting.
"We found beneficial effects in controlling hyperactivity in the group as a whole, and adolescents with a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also showed improvements in cognitive skills, "said Peng Pang, MD, a resident in psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.
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School age children / ADHD. Some studies
suggest Tai Chi helps children with special needs, including
those with ADHD, and to deal with anxiety and moods.
[Tai Chi and Yoga have common mind-body elements] A randomized control trial of yoga versus physical education by researchers at Harvard Medical School showed that high school students who practiced yoga had a better mood overall and felt less anxiety, while the typical gym class group showed a worsening of these symptoms over the course of the 10-week study.
--- Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Page 274.
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
Benefits from Tai Chi, Journal of Bodywork and Movement
Therapies, April 2001
Thirteen adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) participated in Tai Chi classes twice a week for 5 weeks. Teachers rated the children's behaviour on the Conners Scale during the baseline period, after the 5 week Tai Chi session period and 2 weeks later. After the 10 Tai Chi sessions the adolescents displayed less anxiety, improved conduct, less daydreaming behaviours, less inappropriate emotions, and less hyperactivity. These improved scores persisted over the 2-week follow up (no Tai Chi period).
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