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The American Academy of Neurology recognized a tai chi study as the MOST IMPORTANT advance in movement disorders research for 2012! Click to read more

NEUROTRANSMITTERS and QiGong’s effect on them and how that impacts health. Researchers at Anhui College of TCM asserted that their research indicates that neurotransmitters are affected by QiGong practice in such a way to help regulate the function of the neuralgic system in such a way to prevent and help cure diseases.


Date: 4/3/2006 11:53:26 AM Eastern Daylight Time

The current Journal of Aging Clinical and Experimental Research has just published an article by Dr. Strawberry Gatts detailing neural changes with only 3 weeks/ 1.5 hrs day/ 5 days a week of a Tai Chi Balance Therapy program.

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Neural mechanisms underlying balance improvement with short term Tai Chi training

Strawberry K. Gatts1 and Marjorie Hines Woollacott2
1,2Department of Human Physiology and Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA

Background and aims: Though previous research has shown that Tai Chi reduces falls risk in older adults, no studies have examined underlying neural mechanisms responsible for balance improvement. We aimed to determine the efficacy of Tai Chi training in improving neuromuscular response characteristics underlying balance control in balance-impaired older adults.

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1. Achiron, A., Barak, Y., Stern, Y., & Noy, S. (1997). Electrical sensation during Tai-Chi practice as the first manifestation of multiple sclerosis. Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery, 99(4), 280-281.

2. Hart J, Kanner H, Gilboa-Mayo R, Haroeh-Peer O, Rozenthul-Sorokin N, Eldar R. Tai Chi Chuan practice in community-dwelling persons after stroke. Int J Rehabil Res 2004; (27): 303-304.

3. Mills, N., & Allen, J. (2000). Mindfulness of movement as a coping strategy in multiple sclerosis: a pilot study. General Hospital Psychiatry, 22(6):425-31, 2000 Nov-Dec, 22(25 ref), 425-431.

4. Shapira, M.Y., Chelouche, M., Yanai, R., Kaner, C., & Szold, A. (2001). Tai Chi Chuan practice as a tool for rehabilitation of severe head trauma: 3 case reports. Arch Phys Med Rehabil JID - 2985158R, 82(9), 1283-1285.


1. Husted, C., Pham, L., Hekking, A., & Niederman, R. (1999). Improving quality of life for people with chronic conditions: the example of t'ai chi and multiple sclerosis. Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, 5(5), 70-74.

2. Kressig, R.W., & Wolf, S.L. (2001). Exploring guidelines for the application of T'ai Chi to patients with stroke. Neurology Report, 25(2):50-4, 2001 Jun, 25(20 ref), 50-54.

3. Mills, N., Allen, J., & Morgan, S.C. (2000). Does Tai Chi/Qi Gong help patients with multiple sclerosis? Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 4(1):39-48, 2000 Jan, 4(21 ref), 39-48.

4. Vanderbilt, S. (1902). Moving with t'ai chi: regaining strength, self-esteem despite MS. Massage & Bodywork, 15(5):48-50, 52, 54-7, 2000 Oct-Nov, 15(6 ref), 48-50.

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