aNXIETY and Tai Chi & qigong
Harvard Health Publications
Anxiety/Depression. A growing number of studies support the positive impact of Tai Chi on many aspects of psychological well-being. Dr. Chenchen Wang of Tufts University School of Medicine identified 40 studies conducted both in the West and in China that included an evaluation of Tai Chi for psychological outcomes. ... The review concluded that Tai Chi appears to be associated with improvements in stress, anxiety, depression, mood, and increased self-esteem. (Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Page 206.)
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Alternative Therapies Can Be Safe, Effective For Children
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Apr. 6, 2009 08:10 AM"There is a huge place for complementary and alternative medicine in pediatrics," says Dolores Mendelow, M.D., clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Complementary and alternative therapies are becoming a more prevalent treatment for children. If individuals follow the directions of their physicians, these treatments are a safe and effective way to get and stay healthy, Mendelow says.
Tai chi. Research shows teenagers encounter a lot of stress, which puts them at risk for depression. Mind and body therapies, such as tai chi, help reduce the risk of depression and anxiety. Tai chi and yoga help to decrease blood pressure and sympathetic activity in children. This allows for a sense of relaxation and calmness.
Anxiety, Depression & Tai Chi Therapy
JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH, 1989, VOL ID 23, ISSUE ID 2, PAGES 197-206
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.
Nursing Journal, 2002, Vol. 32, Issue 12, page 86
The physical and psychological benefits of tai chi chuan are discussed. Tai chi can be used as a therapeutic tool for improving coordination, posture and flexibility and it also can be used to reduce anxiety, depression. It is also an excellent way to handle stress.
The Brown University Digest of Addiction Theory and Application, 2002, Vol 21, Issue 3, Page S1 [producers note: given Tai Chi is a form of Qigong, and they share common benefits, this qigong study with heroin addicts and anxiety, seems relevant to this discussion on anxiety.]
The researchers determined that reduction of withdrawal symptoms occurred more
rapidly in the qigong group compared with the patients in the lofexidine-treated group and the nontreatment control group. From day one of the intervention, patients in the qigong group had significantly lower mean symptom scores that the other two groups (p<0.01). The qigong and medication groups had lower anxiety scores than the nontreatment group (p<0.01); the qigong group had significantly lower anxiety scores than the lofexidine-treated group (p<0.01).
American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 1981, Vol 9, Issue 1, Pages 1-14
Psychological 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.
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