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Welcome to our Chinese medicine and acupuncture research news pages. We add to the content of these pages continuously as more research news comes in. Browse through the complete archive below or use the category links on the right.

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American public health researchers have found an evidence-based tai chi programme to be a cost-effective intervention for preventing falls in seniors ...

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Tai chi may help slow down age-related decline in muscle strength, according to Chinese investigators ...

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Tai chi qigong may be useful for improving sleep quality in older adults with cognitive impairment ...

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Tai chi can improve factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women ...

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Tai chi can significantly improve cognitive function and fall risk in older adults with mild cognitive impairment ...

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Tai chi may be an effective non-pharmaceutical means of improving anxiety and poor sleep quality in young adults ...

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Tai chi and conventional neck exercises are equally effective in improving pain and quality of life in people suffering from chronic neck pain, reports an international group of authors ...

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A research team from the American National Institutes of Health has concluded that tai chi produces beneficial effects similar to those of a standard course of physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis ...

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Tai chi has additional psychological benefits for patients with heart failure (HF) compared with a heart health education programme ...

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A community-based integrated intervention consisting of social skills training plus tai chi can help the rehabilitation of patients with schizophrenia ...

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Practising tai chi consumes a smaller amount of energy, but has similar health benefits to brisk walking ...

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that very low to moderate quality evidence suggests that tai chi can lead to better lung function in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ...

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A group of American authors has created an evidence map of the effect of tai chi on various health outcomes, based on a systematic review of 107 systematic reviews ...

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Tai chi should be considered as a viable therapy for chronic pain conditions, according to an international team of authors ...

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A meta-analysis published by Chinese authors suggests that tai chi and qigong can offer significant, wide-ranging benefits for people with cardiovascular disease ...

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Tai chi elicits changes in neurophysiological function from very early in the learning process and may exert some of its beneficial effects via improvement of sensorimotor processing and better integration of body awareness ...

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A study of tai chi for reducing pain-related symptoms in musculoskeletal conditions provides initial evidence that its benefits may partly be due to its effect on cognitive appraisal outcomes such as pain-catastrophising (the tendency to have a negative cognitive-affective response to anticipated or actual pain) ...

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Tai chi may reduce the incidence of falls more than conventional lower extremity training (LET) in the elderly, and its effects can last for at least one year ...

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Chinese and American investigators have found evidence that tai chi can help older women improve their cognition and postural control, specifically while dual tasking ...

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Tai chi can improve physical performance in people suffering from a variety of chronic health conditions, according to a systematic review carried out in Canada ...

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Tai chi can improve endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness in elderly women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) ...

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Tai chi is an effective intervention for managing fatigue in patients with lung cancer undergoing chemotherapy, a Chinese study has found ...

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Practising tai chi (TC) can help reduce pro-inflammatory factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women ...

 

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Tai chi qigong (TCQ) could be an effective non-pharmacological intervention for managing head, neck and shoulder impairments in survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC). Conventional treatments for NPC often result in trismus (lockj

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A small pilot study carried out in the USA suggests that tai chi (TC) practice may result in changes to inflammatory cytokine production, leading to reduced pain in arthritic patients ...

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Tai chi training can improve renal and cardiac functions in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) ...

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A 12-week balance training program combining tai chi and strength training (TCST) can effectively improve balance and aerobic capacity in patients with end-stage osteoarthritis who are awaiting hip surgery ...

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Taiwanese researchers have discovered that tai chi may exert some of its anti-ageing health benefits by increasing stem cell populations ...

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A Chinese systematic review has concluded that tai chi has positive effects on health-related quality of life in patients with chronic conditions ...

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Tai chi holds therapeutic potential for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, according to a German pilot study. A sample of 32 MS patients participated in two weekly tai chi sessions of 90 minutes duration for six months, while a comparison group rec

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Tai chi (TC) exercise may help reduce risk factors for chronic disease in senior survivors of cancer ...

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Tai chi practice can help older adults maintain their balance, according to a study from a US author ...

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A study by a joint Chinese/Japanese research team suggests that long-term tai chi training may prevent depression. The cross-sectional survey included 529 Japanese tai chi practitioners. The authors conclude that long-term tai chi training and the

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The fitness benefits of tai chi for older women only become obvious if they engage in long-term practice ...

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Tai chi (TC) has beneficial effects on blood pressure (BP) and levels of gaseous cellular signaling molecules in the blood of patients with essential hypertension (EH)...

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A Chinese research team has found that tai chi (TC) can improve balance and decrease fall risks in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).

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Tai chi (TC) training helps improve attention in healthy young adults, according to American researchers...

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Research from the USA has found that a 12-week tai chi (TC) intervention was more effective in reducing fall rates for stroke survivors than either strength training or usual care.

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Tai Chi can enhance cognitive function in older adults, particularly in the realm of executive functioning and in individuals without significant impairment, concludes a systematic review from the USA.

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Hong Kong researchers have concluded that tai chi is a useful exercise for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, and can lead to sustained improvements in their health.

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Chinese scientists report that long-term tai chi practice can induce regional structural changes in practitioners

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A Mexican research team reports that practising tai chi produces a greater antioxidant effect in the body than walking. The researchers carried out a quasi-experimental study of 106 healthy older adults (60 and 74 years of age) who were divided in

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A systematic review by Danish authors has found moderate evidence for short-term improvement of pain, physical function and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who practice tai chi...

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One hour of tai chi practice can decrease the numbers of pro-inflammatory lymphocytes circulating in the blood stream, a US pilot study suggests. Healthy subjects were asked to perform tai chi for one hour. Four millilitres of peripheral blood

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Tai chi is as effective as proprioception exercises for improving neuromuscular function in elderly people, according to Chinese researchers. Sixty elderly subjects were randomly allocated into three groups. For 16 consecutive weeks subjects p

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A US team reports that practising a combination of tai chi and yoga can reduce prenatal depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances in pregnant women.

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Chinese researchers have concluded that tai chi may be able to improve immune status in lung cancer survivors, and thereby potentially help to prevent tumour recurrence.

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A pilot study from Hong Kong has provided preliminary evidence for the hypotheses that the anti-depressive effect of qigong exercise is due to improvement in psychosocial functioning and down-regulation of hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

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Practising tai chi is beneficial for diabetic patients with neuropathy, according to Korean investigators who recruited 59 diabetic patients with neuropathy to a study.

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Swiss researchers have found that tai chi practice can reduce psychobiological stress reactivity in healthy subjects.

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Hong Kong researchers have found that taking part in mental and physical activities can delay cognitive decline in seniors with dementia.

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Tai chi provides greater fall-prevention benefits than conventional physical therapy exercises for frail seniors, according to a Canadian study.

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A meta-analysis suggests that tai chi can help reduce symptoms of depression in older adults. Authors from the USA and China analysed four trials with a total of 253 participants. Compared with wait

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A pilot study suggests that practicing tai chi can help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis both mentally and physically. A pragmatic non-randomised before/after study compared the effects of two interventions on 21 RA patie

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A joint Chinese-US research team has found that practising tai chi leads to increased brain volume and improved cognitive function in elderly people. One hundred and twenty older adults without symptoms of dementia were rand

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Practising tai chi twice a week can help Parkinson's patients improve their balance and walking ability, according to an American study.

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Seniors who practice tai chi regularly demonstrate improved arterial compliance (the ability of arteries to expand and contract with the pumping of the heart), as well as increased leg muscle strength, according to a Hong Kong study.

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A US team has found that the use of tai chi alongside drug therapy may provide additional improvements in clinical outcomes in the treatment of geriatric depression.

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Tai chi may improve quality of life (QoL) for cancer survivors by regulating the inflammatory response.

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Korean research suggests that tai chi can improve lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTSs), quality of life (QoL) and testosterone levels in patients with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH).

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Practising tai chi can lead to a reduction in levels of inflammatory markers in the blood of older adults.

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Tai chi has a better impact on preventing falls in the elderly than conventional physiotherapy, perhaps because it leads to an increased sense of self-efficacy in practitioners.

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The addition of tai chi to endurance training (ET) leads to improved exercise tolerance and quality of life (QOL) in elderly patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), according to an Italian study.

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The first pragmatic randomised controlled trial of tai chi for people with low back pain has shown that it can improve pain and disability outcomes in this population.

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In a four-year study of 195 subjects with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease, tai chi has been found to improve postural stability and walking ability and to reduce the risk of falling.

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Physiological responses normally associated with involuntary autonomic thermoregulation can be voluntarily activated during a tai chi exercise.

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Tai chi can help prevent weight gain and maintain lean body mass in breast cancer survivors by stabilising insulin levels, say American researchers.

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Practising tai chi can lead to a reduction in levels of inflammatory markers in the blood of older adults.

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A US pilot study suggests that tai chi may be able to help cancer patients with cognitive problems that can arise as a side effect of chemotherapy treatment.

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Taking part in a 12-week tai chi programme has multiple health benefits for post-menopausal women, particularly for those suffering from age-related loss of muscle strength.

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Tai chi exercise has measurable benefits for patients with chronic systolic heart failure (HF).

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A UK study has shown that participating in a single tai chi class is associated with significant improvements in psychological wellbeing.

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Older adults who practice tai chi (TC) demonstrate better performance in cognitive tests than those who take part in conventional exercise or who do not exercise.

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Hong Kong researchers have found that tai chi (TC) may offer specific cognitive benefits in elderly people at risk of progressive cognitive decline.

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Tai chi (TC) can improve metabolic parameters in obese diabetic patients, according to Taiwanese researchers.

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A Japanese study has investigated the influence of personality type on the change in mood status after a brief period of tai chi (TC).

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A three-month programme of simplified (13-form) taichi qigong (two x sixty minute sessions a week) was found to be superior to both an exercise group (walking plus breathing techniques) and a control group (usual activities) in improving symptoms of

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Combining a weekly Tai Chi Chih (TCC) exercise class with standard depression treatment leads to greater improvement in depression symptoms for elderly adults

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A study by an American research team has demonstrated that tai chi exercise (TC) and supplementation with green tea polyphenols (GTP) can benefit bone remodeling and muscle strength in postmenopausal women

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Tai chi training can help regulate the autonomic nervous system in patients with coronary heart disease

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A US pilot study of tai chi for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) suggests that it may be an effective treatment. Ten patients with moderate to severe COPD were randomised to 12 weeks of tai chi plus usual care or usual care

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A randomised controlled trial carried out in the USA has evaluated the effectiveness of a six-week tai chi course in reducing symptoms, increasing function and improving psychosocial status in arthritis patients. In the largest study to date carried

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A Norwegian study has used both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine how group tai chi exercise impacted on disease activity, physical function, health status and experience in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Fifteen patients were inst

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A systematic review carried out by US researchers has found that tai chi appears to be associated with improvements in many aspects of psychological health. Forty studies totaling 3817 subjects were subjected to meta-analysis. The results showed that

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American authors have carried out a comprehensive review of the health benefits of qigong and tai chi. Seventy-seven articles met their inclusion criteria. Nine outcome category groupings emerged: bone density, cardiopulmonary effects, physical funct

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Korean researchers have shown that tai chi was able to improve bone density and muscle strength and decrease fear of falling, when practised by older women suffering from osteoarthritis. Eighty-two women were randomly assigned to either a TC group or

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American researchers have found that long-term tai chi exercise improves physical performance among people with peripheral neuropathy. Twenty-five patients completed 24 consecutive weeks of modified, group-based TC. After six weeks of TC, participant

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Taking part in a six-month tai chi (TC) exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program may lead to a better prognosis for cardiac events in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Fifty-four Taiwanese patients were randomised to usual care or usu

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Ageing has a negative effect on the ability to accurately point a finger toward stationary and moving visual targets. Tai chi practitioners, however, show significantly better accuracy than age-matched control subjects. A team from Hong Kong compared

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Compared with healthy controls, tai chi practitioners demonstrate better stability and body awareness. A cross-sectional study of 24 tai chi practitioners (mean age 68.5) and 20 age-matched controls carried out in Sweden measured various stability pa

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A Canadian study of female computer users has concluded that tai chi (TC) has considerable potential as a cost-effective way of promoting musculoskeletal fitness and psychological well-being in the workplace. Fifty-two participants took part in two 5

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A group of elderly Tai Chi practitioners (with several years of practice experience) were compared with a similarly aged group of sedentary subjects. The Tai Chi practitioners showed higher peak oxygen uptake in comparison with their sedentary counte

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A small scale study on 24 volunteers over the age of 55 who performed Tai Chi only once a week for 60 minutes found that after 10 weeks their balance was significantly superior to a control group. Considering the suffering and cost resulting from fal

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In a US study, 94 healthy but physically inactive older adults were assigned to either learn Tai Chi twice a week or to a waiting list. A significant benefit was found in the Tai Chi group in terms of self-reported movement efficacy and physical func

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A small study of 30 patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease has revealed the benefits of Tai Chi. At the 7th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders 2002, data from the University of Florida in Jacksonville was pres

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In a study to determine the effects of tai chi on boosting immunity to the shingles virus, 36 adults (over 60 years) were assigned to a 15-week tai chi programme group or a waiting group. Their immunity to the chicken pox virus was measured before an

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A systematic review of 47 studies published in English and Chinese has shown that tai chi benefits balance, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory function, flexibility, the immune system, symptoms of arthritis, muscular strength and psychologic

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South Korean research has shown that (Sun-style) tai chi is effective in alleviating several symptoms of osteoarthritis. 43 middle-aged women who had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis were randomised to participate in 20-minute tai chi sessions at l

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30 college students who were enrolled in this study practised Tai Chi twice a week for an hour each time over a 3 month period. Bodily pain, general health, mental/emotional functioning, vitality and mental health were all significantly improved afte

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Two hundred and fifty-six healthy, physically inactive adults (aged 70-92) were randomly assigned to a Tai Chi group or an exercise/stretching group in this six-month study. Members of the tai chi group showed improvements in measures of functional b

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