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Tai Chi for Cardiovascular Disease

Public Health Report : Tai Chi for Cardiovascular Disease
Author : Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer in the world and does not discriminate against age, race, gender or socio-economic background. Even amidst the billions spent on medical therapy, people are still dying at alarming rates. The world is desperate for alternative approaches as their very lives are dependent on it. Thankfully, there has been a surge of research linking proven techniques like Tai Chi and reduced CVD this past decade. This report highlights some of the details.

CVD

It is vital to mention that, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “The cause of atherosclerosis is not known.” Current prevailing thought, however, is that inflammation is responsible via oxidative stress. This is suspected to cause the atherosclerotic plaquing that has become as...

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Tai Chi for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Public Health Report : Tai Chi for Chronic Fatigue
Author : Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

Of all the chronic diseases people struggle with, one of the most troubling and confusing for physicians and patients is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Relatively new on the medical radar, scientists are still baffled on how to treat it. Thankfully, researchers have proven that people who regularly practice Tai Chi are more equiped to manage the debilitating symptoms associated with CFS.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

As defined by the Mayo Clinic, chronic fatigue syndrome is a “complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.” Since there is no single test to diagnosis CFS, physicians heavily rely on clinical presentations and past history to determine if someone has CFS.

According to the Mayo Clinic, CFS has...

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Tai Chi and Cancer Treatment

Public Health Report : Tai Chi and Cancer Treatment
Author : Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has gained much ground in the scientific arena the past few decades by proving the effects of various natural, holistic therapies through random control trials and other research designs. This is particularly true in regards to cancer research and mind/body activities like Tai Chi. In the review below, we discuss the various benefits cancer patients have experienced when they practice Tai Chi

Cancer Treatment

Most cancer patients are treated with surgery, radiation, chemo, and biologic therapies. Hormone therapies and transplant options are also utilized, but not as commonly. According to the American Cancer Society, “Surgery offers the greatest chance of cure for many types of cancer… [and] other treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, may be used along with surgery.” In fact, “More than half...

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Tai Chi and Breast Cancer Survivors

Public Health Report : Tai Chi and Breast Cancer Survivors
Author : Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women and about 2,200 cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among men. Affecting women more than 99 percent of the time, it is expected that approximately 40,000 women will die from breast cancer each year. In comparison, only lung cancer accounts for more cancer-related deaths in women. Being such a significant public health risk, conventional treatments are highly aggressive and oftentimes leave survivors in a compromised state of health upon going into remission. The combination of harm done by the cancer itself and by the medical treatment, for instance chemo and radiation therapies, puts breast cancer survivors at a very unique and specific need to recuperate as fast as possible. Offering hope, however, research has shown that mind-body...

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Tai Chi for Balance


Public Health Report : Tai Chi for Balance
Author : Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

People often underestimate the importance of balance until they encounter an issue in maintaining it. It’s really something most people take for granted as their inner-balance mechanisms are constantly at work and are completely involuntary, much like breathing and blinking. Long praised for its positive benefits on balance, research journals are loaded with studies proving that Tai Chi is a mainstay for people to maintain proper balance.

Balance

According to the Mayo Clinic,

“Balance problems include a wide range of symptoms, from dizziness to light-headedness. Your muscles, bones and joints (musculoskeletal system), visual senses, hearing, central nervous system, and blood and heart vessels (cardiovascular system) must work normally for you to have normal balance. When these areas aren’t functioning well, you may experience balance problem symptoms. Most balance...

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Tai Chi for Anxiety

Public Health Report : Tai Chi for Anxiety
Author : Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

Regarded by the National Institute of Mental Health as a “normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations,” anxiety is troublesome when it becomes chronic or gets excessive. The body’s natural stress response is not designed to maintain the energy associated with constant anxiety and the immune system will quickly suffer for it. Ultimately, if anxiety continues unchecked, it may produce a cascade of harmful effects leading to chronic disease processes like diabetes, cancer, and heart failure. The medical approaches to managing anxiety vary, although most rely heavily on medications with dangerous side effects to mask symptoms instead of managing the primary cause. Gladly, science has taken a good look at holistic approaches like Tai Chi and the medical community is starting to take notice of its positive effects on mental health.

Anxiety

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Tai Chi for Asthma

Public Health Report : Asthma and Tai Chi

Author : Eric L. Zielinski

Introduction

Asthma is one of the leading chronic diseases of our times, with millions of sufferers worldwide. Although there are many allopathic treatments including bronchodilators and corticosteroids that focus on long-term control or immediate relief, there is no single medication that is effective against both the inflammatory and bronchoconstrictive components of asthma. Therefore, many sufferers turn to alternative or complementary therapies like Tai Chi in conjunction with their regular allopathic medications.

Asthma

The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines asthma as “a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.” Affecting people of all ages, asthma...

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Tai Chi Medical Research

Palm Beach Tai Chi has researched thousands of peer reviewed medical studies regarding the benefits of Tai Chi. The articles contained within this website are intended to provide a comprehensive summary of this research in order to educate the reader about the proven benefits of Tai Chi on specific illnesses.

Included within each article are references and links to the actual studies. The articles themselves should provide the basic information needed to understand the results of the studies. However, if you wish to further your own research and education please feel free to visit these links to see the full breadth of the studies.

This is provided as a free service by Palm Beach Tai Chi . We hope you gain some benefit from this extensive research and ask that you pass along this information to those who may need or benefit from it.

Tai Chi for ADHD
Research showing Tai Chi’s ability to help with ADHD

Tai Chi for Anxiety
Research showing Tai Chi’s ability to...

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Tai Chi for ADHD


Public Health Report : Tai Chi and ADHD
Author : Eric L. Zielinski

Introduction

Ever since Sir George Still first described attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 1902, the disorder has perplexed the medical world. As far as history tells us, clinical research was quite limited until 1967 when the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health first provided funding to study the effects stimulants had on children with hyperactivity. At that time the illness was coined “minimal brain dysfunction,” highlighting the confusion many had about the disorder. Today however, scientists claim to have a much firmer grasp of this enigma and are now recommending mind-body modalities like Tai Chi to help people overcome many of the debilitating consequences related to ADHD.

ADHD

Although ADHD has already reached epidemic proportions, it is suspected that the data is somewhat skewed because of gross under diagnosis and confusing it for other problems. At present, some 12...

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