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
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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