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What Qigong (or Taiji) Practice Can Do For You?

Qigong teaches inner strength increases flexibility, and boosts immune power. It reduces stress, stores up energy, increases body awareness, and improves balance and coordination.

Practitioners reported less tension, depression, anger, fatigue, confusion and state-anxiety; they felt more vigorous, and in general they had less total mood disturbance.

Pscyhological 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 and practices (Qigong, Taiji, etc.) thus have a combined physiological, physical, and psychological effect.

A study conducted in China indicates that Qigong and Taiji may increase the number of T lymphocytes in the body. Also know as T-Cells, these lymphocytes help the immune system destroy bacteria and possibly even tumor cells.

In a study done in China, after practicing Qigong for 3 months, participants observed a "big increase in breathing capacity", a disappearance of backaches and neck aches, those with high blood pressure claimed a drop of 10 to 15 mm Hg systolic at rest, and all participants claimed to have more energy in their daily work.

Qigong and Taiji is superior to more technological balance therapies, but that Taiji and Qigong Qi reduced the risk of injury by falling. Complications from these injuries are the sixth leading cause of death in older Americans, and account for about $10 billion loss per year to the economy.

Mind & body exercises, such as Qigong and Taiji, are increasingly replacing high-impact aerobics, long distance running and other body punishing excercises of the 1980's mind /body workouts are kinder to the joints and muscles, reduce the tension that often contributes to the development of disease, which makes them especially appropriate for high powered, stressed out baby boomers. Unlike most conventional exercises, these forms are intended to stretch, tone, an relax the whole body instead of isolating parts based on a series of progressive choreographed movements coordinated with deep breathing.

Health practitioners encountering clients who are faced with problems that do not seem to respond to traditional health care, may employ some of the health traditions of other cultures and to view the body and mind as a balanced whole. Qigong and Taiji focus on the mind/body connection to facilitate healing through relaxation, breathing, and movement

Cases show that Qigong can (1) dramatically help illnesses such as hypertension, asthma, and insomnia; (2) prevent arteriosclerosis and spinal deformity, and (3) shorten recovery phase from long-term illness. Results from elderly Qigong and
Taiji practitioners show strength, and flexibility superior to

Institute of Chicago indicates that people with moderate balance problems can be helped by practicing Qigong and Taiji. Participants...of the 2 month course ...experienced about a 10 percent improvement in balance. An Emory University study supports Hain's findings.

Qigong and Taiji exercises appear to be safe for RA patients...weight bearing exercises have the potential advantages of stimulating bone growth and strengthening connective tissue.

According to Qigong and Taiji enthusiasts, the discipline can prevent many ailments, including high blood pressure, tuberculosis, and diabetes, and US scientists agree that Qigong and Taiji can offer some important fitness benefits, particularly for older adults.

Practicing Qigong and Taiji regularly may delay the decline of cardioresperatory function in older individuals. In addition, TC may be prescribed as a suitable aerobics exercise for older adults.


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