alZHEIMER'S DISEASE and Tai Chi & qigong
ALZHEIMERS & T'AI CHI ARTICLES &
NIH (National Institutes of Health)
Tai Chi Training Evokes Significant Changes in Brain White Matter Network in Older Women
In conclusion, our findings have shown that long-term TC training is more conducive to optimize the brain structure and to promote the efficient brain function network of older women. Long-term TC training produced significant changes in white matter small-world attributes. Changes as such may indicate improvements in the efficiency and transmission of neural data between human brain networks. This long-term TC [Tai Chi] training would prove useful in elderly populations where cognitive decline is prevalent.
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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
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Tai Chi Increases Brain Size and Benefits Cognition in Randomized Controlled Trial of Chinese Elderly
-- Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, June 19, 2012
BEAT ALZHEIMERS AND DEMENTIA WITH TAI CHI
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
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.
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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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Tai Chi" ...
A reflection of how successful the invasion has been is World Tai Chi Day, organized by Bill Douglas. One of the purposes of this day is ‘to bring together people across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries, to join together for the purpose of health and healing, providing an example to the world.' Millions of people around the world – 65 nations participated in 2011 – gather one day each year to celebrate the health and healing benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong.
— The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi (page 25)
Harvard Medical School Researchers Launch 'Tai Chi as Therapy' Lecture to Commemorate World Tai Chi Day
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