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Inflammatory processes occur throughout the body, with a primary function of promoting healing after injury. However, when too active, these inflammatory processes can also damage the body in many ways, and may contribute to heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and other significant medical problems.

Both Tai Chi and physical therapy positively impact pain, function and other symptoms of knee osteoarthritis – making Tai Chi a viable treatment alternative for people suffering with the degenerative disease, according to research presented recently at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Insomnia can cause chronic inflammation, which can lead to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and more. This study finds that curing the insomnia reduces the inflammation and hopefully reduces disease. It also found the best way to cure lack of sleep is through the use of a common psychotherapy treatment—cognitive behavioral therapy.

Although the benefits of exercise on the health of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as emphysema, have been widely reported, the effect of Tai Chi prior to this study had not been thoroughly evaluated in patients with COPD. Forty patients with COPD were randomized into either a control group or Tai Chi intervention group.

Scientists at Arizona State University conducted a review and analysis of several published scientific reports involving over 6400 participants found that Tai Chi and Qigong provide numerous health benefits, both mental and physical, which improve the quality of life, heart and immune system.   Linda Larkey, PhD,  and her colleagues found 77 published reports of […]

The BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal reports that while Tai Chi is a good form of physical activity, it can improve symptoms that are associated with chronic mood disorders. According to the most recent statistics, more than 15 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a form of depression.   A team […]

Tufts University School of Medicine researchers evaluated the effectiveness of Tai Chi in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA).  In a trial of 40 individuals with OA, they were randomly assigned to 60 minutes of Tai Chi or wellness education and stretching, twice a week for 3 months.  The status of each participant was measured […]