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Study Shows Tai Chi Improves Balance For People with Parkinson’s

Posted Apr 28 2012 10:14am

A recent study suggests that tai chi may improve balance for Parkinson’s sufferers. Study randomly assigned 195 Parkinson’s patients to participate in resistance training, tai chi or stretching. Patients in the tai chi group performed better in the stability tests throughout the study. People with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s used Tai Chi for this test.

Patients were still feeling the benefits of tai chi three months after the treatment ended. Plus, no serious adverse effects were experienced. If you or a loved one are dealing with Parkinson’s, consider adding tai chi to your holistic therapy program. You and your physician can read this report in the New England Journal of Medicine – Feb 9th. Study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 28

What is Tai Chi? Tai Chi Chuan is a gentle, refined exercise that offers many healing benefits to people of all ages and physical abilities. Tai Chi is a slow and rhythmical form of exercise that stems from the martial arts and the ancient practice of Qigong (chi kung).

What is Qigong? Qigong is part of traditional Chinese medicine along with acupuncture and herbal medicine and has been practiced for many thousands of years. This Chinese health regime integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Qi (pronounce chee) means vital life force that flows through all things in the universe. Gong (pronounced gung) means accomplishment or skill through steady practice. Together Qigong means cultivating energy. It is a system for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Many people, doctors, psychologists, scientists and other professionals are attracted to Qigong because they see its amazing healing powers and recognize a growing need for it. Qigong can heal you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and is one of the most powerful self-healing practices.

Qigong means using this vital life energy to create a healthy mind and body. This ancient discipline combines meditation, focused concentration, breathing techniques and body movements to activate and cultivate our “vital energy” as it flows through the acupuncture channels, the meridians of the body.

About The Author: Steven Sonmore is a Minneapolis Acupuncturist licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. He is owner of Complete Oriental Medical Care. For more information visit Minneapolis Acupuncture Pain Relief Center .

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