Monday, May 2, 2011

Tai Chi's Health Benefits that raise Quality of Life

Tai chi, also known as tai chi chuan, is the 2,000-year-old internal Chinese martial art practiced for its health benefits which help to raise the quality of life especially in heart failure patients. This noncompetitive gentle form of exercise could be the ideal activity for the rest of your life. It helps to maintain health and can prevent or alleviate many sicknesses of aging. Frequently, Tai chi is depicted as "meditation in motion". This mind-body practice has been proved to treat and prevent many health problems.

Tai Chi's Health Benefits that rise Quality of Life

Previous studies have associated the practice of tai chi with lots of health benefits such as help to decrease blood pressure, improve sleep, reduce pain from fibromyalgia and arthritis, and relieve depression. New study has listed one more benefit, raises quality of life in heart failure patients.

In a study, researchers of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital observed 100 patients having systolic heart failure. They have arbitrarily assigned them to one of two groups for 12 weeks: one group included those patients who participated two times weekly in a tai chi exercise program, while the other group got equal time in heart-education training.

Health Benefits of Tai Chi:

Fight Depression in aged people

People who practiced tai chi reported considerable improvements in mood and feeling of well-being, in comparison to the education group. For the tai chi group, depression-related mood scores fell, while those who underwent heart training in fact saw their scores mount.

Also, individuals who did tai chi shown improved daily levels of activity and raised confidence to perform various other kinds of exercise (conventionally, heart failure patients had been considered to be too weak to exercise).

Helpful in Congestive Heart Failure

The ancient Chinese martial art, tai chi includes slow, meditative circular body movements and also balance-shifting exercises, which originally planned for self-defense and to promote calm and inner peace. Study author Dr. Gloria Yeh said that tai chi may be a safe option to conservative exercise for people who have heart failure.

Helps in Pain Control

The movements and exercises of tai chi are considered to determine our health as well as well being. Stagnated or blocked Chi is the main cause of disease, pains and aches. To move in a way that unlocks the energetic pathways for freely flowing of the Chi energy is the aim of Tai Chi. Pains like abdominal discomfort and colic, limb and back pain that sometimes simulates intermittent dysuria, claudication, dysmenorrhoea, or dyspareunia. However, the mechanisms responsible for reducing pain with Tai Chi are still unclear.

Prevent Digestive and Bowel Problems

Correct movement of the diaphragm stimulates the pelvic and abdominal organs, which help to prevent bowel and digestive problems. Diaphragmatic breathing can be promoted with Tai Chi while doing the movements so it may decrease or remove some digestive and bowel disorders.

Effects on the Mind, Memory and Concentration

Neck and shoulder muscles get relaxed with Tai Chi, regularizing upper torso posture that relaxes the throat and enlarges the chest. The circular movements of Tai Chi have relaxing effect on lower and mid spinal muscles that in turn relaxes diaphragm and the lower rib cage, enlarging the lower chest.

Accumulation of the mucus and inhaled particles in the bronchi is prevented with the empowerment of the breath and the extra oxygen transported into the body helps to burn up collected mucus and also enhance vitality. Improved oxygenation also increases functions of brain, especially concentration and memory.

Tai Chi also helps to:
  • Relieve high blood pressure
  • Reduce sleep disturbances and fatigue
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness in older adult
  • Increase energy, endurance and agility
  • Decrease symptoms of RA (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Relieve skin disorders
  • Cure respiratory problems like emphysema and asthma
  • Improve flexibility, balance and muscle strength
  • Reduce falls in older adults
  • Relieve Premenstrual syndrome
  • Develop overall feelings of well-being


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