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Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Supporters,
A new economic powerhouse in America and the world is becoming Tai Chi, Qigong, and complimentary medicine. A newly released study in an Oxford University Press issue [See this newsletters Breaking Medical Research article], found that "more Americans seek Complementary & Alternative Treatments than all Conventional Physician Services combined!"
Tai Chi & Qigong is becoming a force, a healing force, but also an economic engine that can employee untold numbers of people, while in the end saving society billions. See another article link in this newsletter's Breaking Medical Research, about a newly released study proving that Tai Chi saves substantial money for society, based on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on how Tai Chi Reduces Falls for Those with Parkinson's.
See below article for the latest breaking Tai Chi & Qigong Medical Research articles we've collected from around the world, to help you stay up to date on what Tai Chi and Qigong can do for you and your loved ones, clients and patients.
We wanted to share a couple of projects we have going on a personal level, to expand Tai Chi & Qigong usage for the benefit of all society, as we develop these, we'll publish details to enable local organizers worldwide, who are inspired by our work, to create similar programs with their local schools and groups.
Over the last year, WTCQD Founders, have contributed resources to the Texas Penitentiary Allred Unit's Eastern Studies Program. There are now a group inmates now practicing a Tai Chi long form, and Qigong Sitting Meditation. This is GREAT for society, for all of us! See article below on why, and our work to expand this.
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY PROJECT:
Like many Tai Chi and Qigong teachers, WTCQD Founders teach through local hospital and health networks. We are working on a project that could revolutionize modern healthcare, and could also save our whole society trillions of dollars in future saved health costs, if this project catches on. See article to learn more.
Breaking Medical Research-Tai Chi & QG!
More Americans Seek Complementary & Alternative than for All Conventional Physician Services Combined!
Oxford University Press, May 2013
The most recent comprehensive assessment of CAM use in the United States found that roughly 40% of US adults had used at least one CAM therapy within the past year. In addition, Americans make more visits to CAM providers each year than to primary care physicians and spend at least as much money on out-of-pocket expenses for CAM services as they do for all conventional physician services combined ...
There is a growing database of the physiological effects of mindful exercise and meditation.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong have been shown to promote relaxation and decrease sympathetic output, and to benefit anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and recovery from immune-mediated diseases. Tai Chi and Qi Gong have been shown to improve immune function and vaccine-response. These practices have also been shown to increase blood levels of endorphins and baroreflex sensitivity, and to reduce levels of inflammatory markers (CRP), adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH), and cortisol, implicating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis as a mediator of stress and anxiety reduction. Brain wave or electroencephalopathy (EEG) studies of participants undergoing Tai Chi and Qi Gong exercise have found increased frontal EEG alpha, beta, and theta wave activity, suggesting increased relaxation and attentiveness. These changes have not been found in aerobic exercise controls. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2013/05/mindful-exercise-cam-mental-health/#sthash.dHYozUsB.dpuf
- See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2013/05/mindful-exercise-cam-mental-health/#sthash.dHYozUsB.dpuf
Tai Chi Cost-Effective to Reduce Falls in Parkinson's
SYDNEY, Australia - Training patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) in the ancient art of tai chi is a cost-effective way to cut the risk for falls, new research shows.
In an earlier randomized controlled study, Fuzhong Li, PhD, from the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene and colleagues, found that tai chi reduced balance impairments, improved function, and reduced falls in patients with PD. The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012, as reported by Medscape Medical News.
This week at the Movement Disorder Society (MDS) 17th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, the researchers reported a preliminary cost-effectiveness analysis of the data from the trial.
Read article ...
Tai Chi Health Benefits: 250 Million People Know What's Good For Them
Medical Daily, June, 2013
Based on data obtained from National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 2.5 million individuals practice TC in the U.S. alone, while an additional 500,000 perform qigong. Another derivative of Traditional Chinese Medicine ... Whether taken alone or grouped with qigong, tai chi now has a significant body of scientific literature supporting its beneficial health claims.
A study conducted with the help of UCLA Center for East West Medicine examined the effect of tai chi on the impact of headaches in adults who suffer from tension-type headaches ... it does amount to another brick in the wall of evidence that tai chi confers many health benefits on practitioners.
Read more at http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/16631/20130618/tai-chi-health-benefits-traditional-chinese-medicine-chinese-exercise-headache-relief.htm#gs3HjrFELxIzXRbp.99
Tai Chi Today
-- Guardian Express, June 17, 2013
Modern research, such as studies done at Harvard University, show that when combined with other therapies, Tai Chi can improve arthritis, heart disease, Parkinson's disease, sleep problems, stroke sufferers, the life quality of those with breast cancer and even strengthen bone density. Tai Chi also helps reduce stress, anxiety and pain as well as increasing flexibility, over-all strength and endurance in those who practice regularly (at least several times per week).
You might be wondering how something so slow and non-aerobic could help with so many problems? Well, Tai Chi is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine and the existence of energy systems in the body known as meridians (used in acupuncture). Tai Chi moves the 'chi', or life-force energy around the body, through these meridians, effecting all the organs and body systems beneficially. Many problems result from a lack of this energy flowing, according to Chinese thought and yogic tradition, which is why practices such as Tai Chi and yoga are so beneficial for the whole body. Tai Chi not only moves the energy around the body, but synchronizes the breath with the body movement, helping to link up the energy systems with the physical body, resulting in greater harmony within.
Study Shows Fibromyalgia Patients Seek Complimentary & Alternative Therapies - Acupuncture, Tai Chi ...
New research shows that patients with fibromyalgia are likely to seek acupuncture treatment and other forms of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). Published by the University of Montana, the research focused on whether or not pain motivated patients to seek CAM therapies such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, yoga, Tai Chi and cognitive behavior therapy. The results showed that over 70% of patients with fibromyalgia sought CAM therapies. The research concluded that "interference in daily activities from pain increases the use of CAM...." - See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/752-fibromyalgiaseek#sthash.xm2e7b3W.dpuf
|Can Tai Chi & Qigong Teachers|
Save Society Billions in Prison Costs?!
Johnny Cash when performing at Folsom Prison, California. WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas, taught at Folsom through a
Tai Chi Chih Program begun by Judith Trethway.
YES! It is quite possible that Tai Chi and Qigong programs could society hundreds of billions in future prison costs.
You will see below how Tai Chi and Qigong could save our healthcare system trillions in future health costs if widely implemented. Here's how it would work for reducing America's expensive prison expenses, and possibly prisons worldwide.
Years ago, when invited to Folsom Maximum Security Prison in California by Tai Chi teacher, Judith Trethway, WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas, learned that the recidivism (return to prison rate) was dramatically lower for those inmates who attended the Tai Chi Chih classes, than for other inmates.
Recidivism in US prisons is around 60% or higher. This costs the society hundreds of billions in lost productivity, prison costs, law enforcement, etc.
Since that time, Willie has established a working group of inmates who now know a Tai Chi Long Form, and Sitting Qigong Meditation, and Moving Qigong exercises.
Willie was so impressed with the results that he has taken it upon himself to try to spread Tai Chi and Qigong throughout the U.S. prison system, and is working to make contacts with like minded prisoners in penitentiaries across the United States.
As this program progresses, www.WorldTaiChiDay.org
will keep you informed, with ideas on how local tai chi and qigong teachers across America and the world, may establish Prison Tai Chi and Qigong programs. One note on this, prisons will not allow martial arts training. Your program you offer there would have to be entirely "health and stress management" focused.
Kansas University Medical School Hospital Tai Chi & Qigong Education Project!
WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas, offers classes through the University of Kansas Medical School Hospital Turning Point program, grant driven classes that are free to people dealing with Heart Disease; Parkinson's; Multiple Sclerosis; Arthritis; Cancer; and other illness.
Douglas was frustrated because in the Kansas City metro area, there are a massive number of people dealing with these diseases, and therefore are eligible for the free classes at the beautiful resource known as Turning Point, yet do not know about the classes or what Tai Chi and Qigong have been proven to offer them in their situation.
WTCQD Founder, Douglas, decided to reach out to the program administration, to his students, and to other local contacts to launch a fund drive called, "Educating KU Physicians About How Tai Chi & Qigong Can Help Their Patients!"
He contacted the publisher of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi to inquire about bulk purchase discounts, and found the price for 50 copies, and Douglas's local Kansas City fund drive is almost to that fundraising goal now.
So, Turning Point will be purchasing 50 copies of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi to make sure every major department and center within the Kansas University Medical School Hospital system is aware of how Tai Chi or Qigong can benefit their patients.
Douglas's goal is to see every single class Turning Point offers for Parkinson's; Heart Disease; etc. packed with new Tai Chi and Qigong students. Ultimately, his hope is that the demand for these classes expands so much that he will have more class opportunities than he can deal with, and other tai chi and qigong teachers will have to be brought in. WHY?
Of course its good to be busy :-) But, beyond that, our health system in America is collapsing our economy. It is unnecessary. Tai Chi and Qigong could be part of an overall health shift that will avoid the up to 85% of illness caused by unmanaged stress.
A new documentary, Escape Fire, lays out this case well, and it was recently run by CNN several times in one week.
Douglas's ultimate goal is to expand both usage and research of and on Tai Chi and Qigong in the Kansas University Medical School Hospital program, and to expand the need for Tai Chi and Qigong teachers in the system, and to ultimately inspire mirror projects by Tai Chi and Qigong teachers working through health systems all across America and the world.
WHY OUR HEALTH SYSTEM IS BROKEN:
|Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (Documentary Teaser 2012)|
HOW WE CAN FIX OUR HEALTH SYSTEM!
Harvard Video: Tai Chi for Parkinson's
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A special presentation in recognition of World Tai Chi & Quigong Day
|Tai Chi for Health|
MEDICAL RESEARCH: Hong Kong Polytechnic University Research Shows Tai Chi Slows Aspects of Aging! VERY EXCITING!
Hong Kong Polytechnic Professor and researcher, William Tsang, explained to World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founders, some amazing research they've done that has caught global attention among university researchers, and for good reason.
Polytechnic University's groundbreaking study on tai chi was published by Elsevier, part of the Reed Elsevier group based in Amsterdam, which publishes medical and scientific literature, and their publishing includes journals such as The Lancet and Cell, books such as Gray's Anatomy, the ScienceDirect, etc.
This study's article by Elsevier was entitled, Effects of Aging and Tai Chi on Finger-Pointing Toward Stationary and Moving Visual Targets.
The study's conclusion was the eye-hand coordination in finger-pointing, which declines with age normally, was defied in older participants who practiced tai chi, showing that their accuracy was similar to that of the young control group participants.
This is a very important finding!
This article is the first of a series of articles on Hong Kong Polytechnic, and William Tsang's important tai chi medical research which will appear in coming World Tai Chi & Qigong Day newsletters. Please share this widely.
Below is a video interview World Tai Chi & Qigong Day founders recently did with Professor Tsang at HK Polytech in Hong Kong. You'll find William's detailed description of this study at about 13:03 in this video, although the entire video is fascinating.
|World Tai Chi Day Founders Tour Hong Kong Polytechnic Universitys Tai Chi Research|
Incorporating Qigong Meditation into Your Tai Chi Training Program!
If your Tai Chi program doesn't include some form of Sitting Qigong Meditation practice, don't feel left out, many Tai Chi programs don't cover that. Tai Chi is such a huge art/science that we can't all know everything about it, as individual teachers.
However, the newly released Harvard Medical School Guide includes Sitting Qigong Meditation as an integral part of Tai Chi practice for a good reason, it shows results in medical research studies.
If you practice or teach Tai Chi and don't include Qigong Sitting Meditation yet, don't fret, you can start playing with it now, and it will become a wonderful part of your overall training program that will help your students combat the most deadly adversary they will ever face ... daily stress. Stress causes up to 85% of the illness sending people to their doctors.
The loosening of the limbs that Tai Chi promotes is only enhanced by deep Sitting Qigong Meditation. Many programs practice a Sitting Qigong method before beginning the Moving Qigong Warm Ups, and Tai Chi training, to get the "mind inside the body," and to get the energy field that is our body to begin to "open up and loosen up" at deep levels even before get moving in a class.
There are many wonderful programs you can incorporate into your practice for Sitting Qigong. Here's a 20 minute video practice of Sitting Qigong Meditation we've offered as a free public service at www.WorldTaiChiDay.org
. Give it a try, you'll feel great afterwards.
|Stress Relief Relaxation Calming Sitting Qigong Meditation|
Sifu Olive Hui, a Driving Force in WTCQD's Existence in Hong Kong!
|Hong Kong Tai Chi Master, Olive Hui, Allows World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founders to Attend Her Class|
Olive Hui, who teaches Tai Chi through the Hong Kong Senior Health Program, has been a tireless advocate for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Hong Kong for many years now.
Hong Kong's Master Dr. Luk and Sifu Olive Hui honored WTCQD Founders with Qigong and Tai Chi lessons while they were in Hong Kong to meet with the U.S. Consulate General's Office in Hong Kong. Below is a short video of WTCQD Founders Bill and Angela Wong Douglas's unique opportunity to attend one of Sifu Olive Hui's classes. Olive has been a tireless advocate of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Hong Kong.
|Qigong Health Day in Conjunction with|
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2012
U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Very Supportive of WTCQD Efforts!
WTCQD co-founders, Bill Douglas, and Angela Wong Douglas in Hong Kong's Central District, just after their meeting with the U.S. Consulate's Cultural Affairs Officer.
WTCQD Founders were granted an audience with the US Consulate, and met with the US Consulate Cultural Affairs Officer stationed in Hong Kong to investigate ways the US Consulate could help our efforts to expand tai chi and qigong usage in Hong Kong, and elsewhere for world health and to expand goodwill international relations. The Consulate Cultural Affairs Officer was VERY supportive of our vision and global health education efforts, and made official introductions on our behalf, to help us make inroads with Hong Kong Government agencies, and to expand WTCQD efforts in Macau. More below!
|U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong Supports World Tai Chi & Qigong Day w Formal Intros to HK Govt.|
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