ACHES, BREATHING, BLOOD PRESSURE:
PubMed, National Institutes of Health, 2011
Tai chi exercise for treatment of pain and disability in people with persistent low back pain: a randomized controlled trial.
CONCLUSION: This is the first pragmatic randomized controlled trial of tai chi exercise for people with low back pain. It showed that a 10-week tai chi program improved pain and disability outcomes and can be considered a safe and effective intervention for those experiencing long-term low back pain symptoms.
-- National Institutes of Health
"We now have good evidence for the use of non-pharmacologic, non-opioid treatments, such as ... Tai Chi, as well as a closely related movement therapy called Qigong, and music therapy," he said. "We have pretty good research to endorse their use."
-- U.S. Department of Defense
Some solid research shows that tai chi can benefit people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, tension headache, and other ongoing, painful conditions
-- Harvard Health Publications
Tai Chi Relieves Arthritis Pain, Improves Reach, Balance, Well-Being, Study Suggests
-- Science Daily, November, 2010
Tai chi and chronic pain. In the last 2 decades, a growing body of research aimed at investigating the health benefits of Tai Chi in various chronic health conditions has been recognized in the literature. ... Of these, Tai Chi seems to be an effective intervention in osteoarthritis, low back pain, and fibromyalgia.
Tai chi and chronic pain. - NCBI
...participants observed a "big increase in breathing capacity", a disappearance of backaches and neckaches, 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
BALANCE: A ten year study on aging through Harvard, Yale and Emory University 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
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The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™ is a compilation of references to a series of extensive clinical and experimental research on medical applications of Qigong carried out in China and beyond beginning about 1980. These studies as well as to reports in scientific journals, books, international conferences, and The National Library of Medicine and PubMed. The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™ provides a record in English of the vast amount of clinical and experimental research on Qigong from China as well from other countries. Included are reports of therapies that have been tried and claimed to be effective. These reports can be used as a guide for improving health and for deciding what further research may be required to confirm promising applications of Qigong.
The Qigong & Energy Medicine Database™ contains references not only to Qigong but also to other energy-based research, therapies, clinical trials, and practices. While the emphasis is on scientific reports, reviews are provided in some cases. The Database contains abstracts (not full text). Abstracts range in length from a paragraph to several pages and may contain information on methodology, controlled experiments, results summarized in tables, and statistical analysis.
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