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BOSTON - August, 2017
New research indicates that practicing tai chi can be an
effective remedy for reducing symptoms for depression. The
study was carried out by researchers at Massachusetts
General Hospital, who ran participants through
a 12-week training course ...

Co-author Albert Yeung, a Harvard psychiatry professor
who also works in the Depression Clinical and Research
Program in the hospital’s psychiatry department, explains
that unlike previous research, the current study primarily
focused on how tai chi effects diagnosed patients who
suffer from depression.

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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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What are the Health Benefits of Tai Chi?

Tai chi is a noncompetitive martial art known for both its defense techniques and its health benefits. As an exercise, it comprises gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.

It has been shown to improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls in older people. It appears to reduce pain and the symptoms of depression.
-- Medical News Today, 2016

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Tai chi augments pharmaceutical treatment of depression in seniors.

Compared to the health education and escitalopram group, the tai chi and escitalopram group showed a greater reduction in depressive symptoms, improved physical functioning, improved scores on cognitive tests and a decline in inflammatory markers.

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Meta-Analysis Study by Japan Geriatrics Society finds Tai Chi Reduces Depression

Tai chi and reduction of depressive symptoms for older adults: A meta-analysis of randomized trials

Depression is a significant mental health problem. Worldwide, depression ranks second only to heart disease in terms of impact on disability-adjusted life years ... The present review aimed to overcome some limitations of existing reviews by analyzing the effectiveness of tai chi on reducing depressive symptoms among older adults using the vigorous systematic review method detailed in the Cochrane Handbook.

The aim of the present article was to systematically review the effectiveness of tai chi for reducing depressive symptoms among older adults ... Tai chi appeared to have a significant impact on reducing depressive symptoms compared with the waiting list control groups.

Based on the results, we can conclude that tai chi is effective in decreasing self-reported depression compared with a waiting list control.

Japan Geriatrics Society, published in Geriatrics Gerontology Internationa, June, 2012

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Chinese Martial Art Improves Depression in Aged people

A recent research conducted by researchers from the US has found that westernized form of the ancient Chinese martial art tai chi can bring improvement in the levels of depression in older people. Tai chi is an internal martial art which involves working on stretching, breathing and balance.

Depression is a serious health concern among older people. Statistics reveal that more than 65 million people are suffering from depression, which is curable.

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Tai Chi can relieve depression and boost self-esteem, new research shows.

Researchers looked at the results of 40 studies on the effects of the martial art.

They found that it did have positive psychological effects, but called for more thorough research.

Telegraph UK News, 21 May, 2010

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In a systematic review of the subject, Dr. Chenchen Wang, Associate Professor, from Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Massachusetts, USA, worked with a team of researchers to pool the results of 40 studies, including 17 randomized controlled trials, into the mental health effects of Tai Chi.

...The researchers found that practicing Tai Chi was associated with reduced stress, anxiety, depression and mood disturbance, and increased self-esteem.

Thai Indian News, 21 May, 2010

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Tai Chi May Relieve Anxiety and Depression

The healing power of this martial art may lie in combining movement, meditation and breathing exercises.

While there are few studies on the effects of tai chi (t'ai chi ch'uan) on reducing anxiety and depression, those there are suggest that it could be beneficial, especially among the elderly.

What evidence there is suggests that the benefits of tai chi extend beyond those of simply exercising. The combination of exercise, meditation, and breathing all may help relieve anxiety and depression, according to this Donal P. O'Mathuna, Ph.D., a lecturer in Health Care Ethics at the School of Nursing in Dublin City University, Ireland.


Alternative Therapies Can Be Safe, Effective For Children
By: PR Newswire

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.

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DEPRESSION & MOOD DISTURBANCE. Regular (daily) T'ai Chi practitioners usually find less incidence of depression and overall mood disturbance.

Relative to measurement beforehand, practice of Tai 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.

(American Psychological Association) Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 1989 Vol 33 (2) 197-206

Tai Chi and Anxiety, Depression
& Mood Disturbance
8 minute video that could change your life

Harvard Medical School Releases Historic
Tai Chi Medical Research Lecture to Commemorate
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day!

The new Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi is a powerful reference book for all tai chi and qigong advocates, teachers, etc., and the guide cites's expansion of global awareness of tai chi and qigong!

Also read a fascinating sourced article on Tai Chi and Depression, courtesy of William Larmour

VIDEO - How Tai Chi and Chi Kung Help Heal or Prevent Illness

VIDEO: Qigong Breathing Tutorial

Also, search the Qigong Institute's "Qigong and Energy Medicine Database," for research abstracts on Tai Chi & Qigong.

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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* NOTE: World Tai Chi & Qigong Day advises consulting your physician before beginning any new exercise, herbal, diet, or health program. The research listed here is meant to stimulate a discussion between you and your physician, health insurance carrier, etc., not as medical advise. Research and comments provided here are hoped to stimulate a more robust discussion of powerful natural mind/body health tools.
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