Neuroscientists recently made a correlation between an increase of alpha brain waveseither through electrical stimulation or mindfulness and meditationand the ability to reduce depressive symptoms and increase creative thinking.
Yoga has been noted to increase frontal EEG alpha wave activity, suggesting increased relaxation. 1 Similar results have been reported for tai chi ...
The trend for theta activity to increase and the decrease in self-reported anxiety highlight the relaxation effects of tai chi and yoga. Others have reported decreased anxiety following yoga and tai chi and decreased stress following yoga and tai chi. These measures provide convergent validity for the relaxation effects of tai chi and yoga. Enhanced performance on math computations, both speed and accuracy, may relate to this relaxation response.
-- National Institutes of Health, June 2010
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.
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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. Popular media, health media, and government must increase attention to stunning emerging research, including the UCLA study indicating Tai Chi participants enjoyed a 50% increase in immune system resistance to viral infection.