Health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong:
• Deep breaths support relaxation
• Relaxation increases self-healing neurological functions
• Relaxing and deepening the breath shifts brain chemistry and brain wave frequency
• Shifts brain wave frequency into alpha stage (relaxation response)
• Lowers blood pressure
• Increases circulation of oxygen and nutrients
• Optimizes the function of the organs and glands
• Increased production of energy
• Gentle activity of muscles
• Improves Awareness
• Lymph pump: carries toxins out of the body and immune cells throughout the system
• Elimination of metabolic waste products in the lymph
• Compresses the lymph rich tissues of the organs and glands
• Promotes a healing mix of neurotransmitters and hormones
• Stimulates numerous physiological mechanisms that enhance natural self-healing
• Shifts body chemistry toward self-healing mode
• Relieves pain and soreness
• Stimulates balanced organ function
• Metabolic disorders (diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, obesity, depression & anxiety) respond to massage
• Helps to clear the mind
• Enhances sleep
• Reduces symptoms of diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis
• Refines and enhances the body’s vital energy
• Restores endurance and balance
• Excellent for maintaining side-to-side flexibility
• Massages the contents of the inter vertebral disks
• Maintains a healthy distance between the vertebrae
• The forward and backward flexibility of the spine is maintained (prevents slouching)
• The Disks between the vertebrae are massaged
• Expands and compresses the sides of the rib cage
• Rib cage flexibility is utilized and maintained
• Expands the rib cage and increases lung capacity
• Builds strength and endurance of the lungs
• Strengthens the legs
• Promotes balance
• Builds bone density
• Numerous self-healing responses

Documented Medical Benefits of T'AI CHI

T'ai Chi teaches inner strength while toning muscles, increasing flexibility and boosting immune power. It is also said to reduce stress, store up energy, increase body awareness, and improve balance and coordination.
Men's Health Magazine, 8 Mar/Apr ^93 p. 66-69

A study conducted in China indicates that T'ai Chi may increase the number of T lymphocytes in the body. Also known as T-Cells, these lymphocytes help the immune system destroy bacteria and possibly even tumor cells.
Prevention Magazine V. 42, May 90, p. 14-15

According to T'ai Chi enthusiasts, the discipline can prevent many ailments, including high blood pressure, tuberculosis, and diabetes, and US scientists agree that T'ai Chi can offer some important fitness benefits, particularly for older adults.
Modern Maturity, V. 35 June/July 92 p. 60-62

The data substantiate that practicing T'ai Chi regularly may delay the decline of cardio-respiratory function in older individuals. In addition, Tai Chi may be prescribed as a suitable aerobics exercise for older adults.
Journal of American Geriatric Society, Nov. 1995, 43 (11) p!222-1227 ISSN 0002-8614 Journal Code:

No significant exacerbation of joint symptoms using this weight bearing system of exercises (Tai Chi) was observed. T'ai Chi exercises appear to be safe for RA patients. Weight bearing exercises have the potential advantages of stimulating bone growth and strengthening connective tissue.
American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, June 1991, 70 (3) p. 136-141

Proponents claim that T'ai Chi can also (1) cure illnesses such as hypertension, asthma, and insomnia, (2) prevent arteriosclerosis and spinal deformity, and (3) shorten recovery phase from long-term illness. Results from a study by Chen Munyi (1963) with elderly T'ai Chi practitioners show that this group had RTs, strength, and flexibility superior to non-practitioners.
(American Psychological Association)
American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 1981 SprVol 9(1) 15-22


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.
Hawaii Medical Journal - Vol 51 No. 8 August 92

[Former] Boston Celtic's star Robert Parish, who, at age 39, is the oldest player in the NBA, credits the ancient martial art of T'ai CM with his durability. Parish remains dominant in his 17th season in the league, and he has no plans to retire. He started all 79 games that he played last year for the Celtics, averaging 14.1 points, shooting 54 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line, and racking up a season total of 705 rebounds and 97 blocked shots. Inspired by his success, fellow Celtics players Reggie Lewis and Rick Fox have signed on with Li (Parish's T'ai Chi instructor).
Gentlemen's Quarterly V. 62 Dec. 92, p 256-60

A ten year study on aging through Harvard, Yale and Emory Universities determined not only that T'ai Chi was superior to more technological balance therapies, but that T'ai Chi reduced the risk of injury by falling by 48%. 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.
USA Today, May 1996
Institute of Chicago indicates that people with moderate balance problems can be helped by practicing T'ai Chi. Participants... of the 2-month course... experienced about a 10 percent improvement in balance. An Emory University study supports [these] findings.
Prevention Magazine V. 46 Dec. 94 p. 71-72

Mind & body exercises, such as ... T'ai Chi... are increasingly replacing high-impact aerobics, long distance running and other body punishing exercises 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... [T'ai Chi] is based on a series of progressive choreographed movements coordinated with deep breathing.
Working Woman Magazine V 20 Feb. 95 p. 60-62+

Relative to measurement beforehand, practice of T'ai Chi raised heart rate, increased non-adrenaline 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.
American Psychological Association
Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 1989 Vol 33 (2) 197-206

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.
(American Psychological Association)
American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 1981 Spr Vol 9(1) 1-14

"T'ai Chi is a natural and safe vehicle for both clients and staff to learn and experience the benefits of being able to channel, concentrate and co-ordinate their bodies and minds: to learn to relax and to "neutralize" rather than resist the stress in their personal lives. This is an ability which we greatly need to nurture in our modern fast-paced society."
Dr. John Beaulieu, N.D., M.T.R.S. Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, N.Y.C. [Refer to the Tai Chi book "The
Supreme Ultimate" for full text]

A holistic paradigm, T'ai Chi, is proposed as a theoretical basis for treating psychosomatic illness.
(American Psychological Assn.)
Journal of Black Psychology, 1980 Aug. Vol 7(1) 27-43

Suggests the imagery of the T'ai Chi figure... can serve as a model for understanding the processes of change within psychotherapy. The T'ai Chi figure expresses the themes of unity and completeness, the dynamic of interplay and balance of opposite forces, and the cyclical nature of therapeutic change.
(American Psychological Assn.)
Psychologia, An International Journal of Psychology in the Orient, 1991 Mar Vol 34 (1) 18-27

T'ai Chi, a Chinese system of integrated exercises, [is] an effective adjunct to Gestalt Therapy.
(American Psychological Association)
Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 1978 Fall Vol 10 (1) 25-31

T'ai Chi, a traditional Chinese exercise, is a series of individual dance like movements linked together in a continuous, smooth-flowing sequence... An analysis of variance (ANOVA) demonstrated that in 3 of 5 tests, the T'ai Chi practitioners had significantly better postural control than the sedentary non practitioners.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1992 Apr Vol 46 (4) 295-300

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. Massage, acupuncture and T'ai Chi... focus on the mind/body connection to facilitate healing through relaxation, pressure points, and movement.
AAOHN Journal, 1993 July, 41 (7) 349-351

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, FIBROMYALGIA, PARKINSON'S DISEASE, LUPUS, MIGRAINES, CHRONIC PAIN, AIDS ("Proper exercise [for AIDS sufferers] is typified by T'ai Chi.") (Dr. Laurence E. Badgley, M.D.)

Compiled by Roger Jahnke, OMD
Chair, Qi Cultivation Department, Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine
Director, Internation Institute of Integral Qigong
Founder and Former Chairperson, National Qigong Association

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