Tia-Chi a Chinese martial art that is a mind and body practice in complimentary and alternative medicine. A survey in 2007 by National Center for Health Statistics and National Center for Complimentary and Alternative medicine(NCCAM) found that at least 2.3 million adults have used Tia-Chi.
Tia-Chi is used for assorted health related reasons, a few are:
The advantage associated with low – impact, weight – bearing, aerobic exercises.
To gain balance and reduce the risks of falls.
Improvement of sleep and overall health.
Associate professor Dr. Chenchen Wang of Tufts Medical Center, University School of Medicine, Massachusetts, along with a team of researchers to combine results of 40 studies which included 17 randomized supervised trails, towards mental health effects of Tia-Chi. Tia-Chi a mind and body exercise of low weight has been used for centuries for health and fitness in the East. It is now gaining acceptance here. Tia-Chi is accredited to improve entire psychological health, however, conclusive evidence is deficient.
Published in BMC Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, an open access journal, observed that Tia-Chi does seem to have positive psychological results more high standing select trails are still needed.
Dr. Wang and associates discovered Tia-Chi is linked with reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, mood disturbance and heightened self esteem. The attributes of the studies analyzed were mostly moderate. In appropriate, rigorous, and well maintained select trails with fitting comparison groups and certified outcome measures are commonly lacking. Dr. Wang also commented that further produced knowledge of the psychological and physiological outcome of the exercise could bring about new ways to promote health, treat chronic medical conditions, more informed clinical decisions and further amplify the mechanisms of outstanding mind and body medicine.
The NCCAM has supported the studies of Tia-Chi on the following:
Postmenopausal women bone loss
Depression in elderly persons
Fibromyalgia symptoms like fatigue and pain
Osteoarthritis in knee
Chronic Heart Failure
Tia-Chi has also been used as a alternative medicine practice for Parkinson’s, Autoimmune Diseases,Multiple Sclerosis, Type 2 Diabetes and Crohn’s Disease.
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The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
World Tia Chi and Qigong Day
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University of Maryland Medical Center