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Tai Chi for Hypertension

Medical Report: Hypertension and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

Arguably the most insidious and widespread risk factor, hypertension has been linked to almost every major disease Americans battle against. Primarily a lifestyle disease, most people can completely correct the issue by implementing healthy diet, exercise and stress-reduction techniques. Tai Chi, for instance, has been thoroughly proven clinically to not only correct common causes of hypertension such as stress and obesity, it has actually been linked to correcting the disease itself.

 

Hypertension

 

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined as, “Systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 140 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 90 mm Hg or currently taking medication to lower high blood pressure.”

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 32 percent of American are hypertensive. In spite of the modern...

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Tai Chi for High Cholesterol

Medical Report: Hypercholesteremia and Tai Chi

Author: Eric L. Zielinski 


Introduction

 Although the reasons explaining why are hotly debated, the general consensus in the medical community is that elevated levels of cholesterol (hypercholesteremia) is a primary risk factor for heart disease. One camp claims that that cholesterol is the main instigator in arterial occlusion much like septic sludge clogging up a drain pipe; whereas the other group supports the theory that cholesterol damages the inner walls of blood vessels and causes a dangerous inflammatory cascade that will lead to plaque build-up and atherosclerosis. In either case, the global health care system has waged war against cholesterol for decades now and, in spite of the billions of dollars spent on costly drug and surgical interventions every year, cardiovascular disease remains the number cause of death worldwide. It is, therefore, exciting to learn that research supports natural, non-invasive approaches...

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Tai Chi for Headaches & Migraines

Medical Report: Headaches, Migraines and Tai Chi

Author: Eric L. Zielinski 


Introduction

 

The relationship between neck complaints and headaches cannot be ignored. The key is the primary cranial nerve (trigeminal nerve) that carries pain signals and its interaction with the trigeminocervical nucleus, which extends from the brain all the way down to the third cervical vertebral. Basically, any distortion or issues in the neck could travel up and present as head pain.  Subsequently, according to the National Headache Foundation, “Many patients…find that neck exercises, physical therapy or flexibility programs (such as yoga or Tai Chi) help to relieve their headaches as well as neck pain.” This article, therefore, addresses the science and research explaining why many headache sufferers experience relief when practicing Tai Chi.

 

Headaches and Migraines

 

Headaches are all too common and often rob people of health and wellness. According...

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Tai Chi and Geriatric Falls

Medical Report: Geriatric Falls and Tai Chi

Author: Eric L. Zielinski 


Introduction

 

Accidents are ranked number five on the top ten causes of death for people over 65 years of age. Of this group, 66 percent are due to falls making falls the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. In addition, it is reported that geriatric falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admission for trauma. It is, therefore, a national public health requirement for health care professionals to address this issue with their older patients. It is encouraging that many have adopted “alternative” solutions like advising their patients to practice regular Tai Chi in an effort to curb the deadly ramifications of falling later in life. 

 

Geriatric Falls

 

Due to lack of reporting, no one knows for certain how many elderly people fall in America, however, it is estimated that the number is more than one in three annually. The Centers for...

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Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia

Medical Report: Fibromyalgia and Tai Chi

Author: Eric L. Zielinski


 

Introduction

 Western lifestyle hasn’t served Americans well and we battle two extremes in our industrialized society: being sedentary and overstressing our muscles and joints due to repetitive motions like typing and factory line work. Sadly, few people are out of harm’s way. Consequently, we have encountered the arrival of several previously unseen conditions like fibromyalgia that basically came out of the blue and is now plaguing our nation. Thankfully, researchers are taking great strides to find natural solutions for people with this debilitating disease and are suggesting mind-body activities like Tai Chi as a viable symptom management tool.

 

Fibromyalgia

Still relatively new on the scene of commonly diagnosed conditions, the term fibromyalgia was first coined in 1976 and it wasn’t until 1990 that the American College of Rheumatology first developed diagnostic criteria for...

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Tai Chi for Diabetes

Public Health Report: Type 2 Diabetes and Tai Chi
Author: Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “From 1980 through 2011, the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes has more than tripled (from 5.6 million to 20.9 million).” Currently nine percent of U.S. citizens have diabetes and of this group, 90 to 95 percent have the type 2 form. Since the two most common factors leading to type 2 diabetes is excess weight and inactivity, it is of vital importance for people who are battling this disease to focus on scientifically proven activities like Tai Chi in an effort to stop and even reverse its progression

 

Type 2 Diabetes 

 

The body metabolizes sugars and starches from the foods we eat into glucose. Normally, insulin – a hormone produced by the pancreas – causes liver, skeletal muscle and fat tissue cells to absorb glucose from the blood to supply the energy they need for...

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Tai Chi for Depression

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


Introduction

Previously known as melancholia, clinical depression or major depressive disorder has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S and throughout the world. Sadly, most moderate to severe cases get put on harmful medications to help minimize the symptoms. Like all drug therapy regimens, however, the root cause is not addressed whereas only the symptoms are masked. The world is crying out for science to validate more natural approaches to this debilitating disorder. Thankfully, researchers are becoming increasing interested in explaining why so many people battling depression receive great benefits from the age-old practice of Tai Chi

Depression

According to the National Institute of Health, “Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.” In addition, it is also reported...

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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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