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"Today is the first day of the rest of your life...let it be the beginning of a life with more compassion, understanding and love."

"Tai Chi may well be called 'medication in motion' because of all the myriad health issues it can prevent or even treat."

- Harvard Health Publication -

Tai Chi is both a martial art and a spiritual discipline. It's movements are slow and meditative, yet have unseen internal strength. 
This combination generates the great rewards of improved health and fitness, mentally and spiritually....real healing. 

Tai Chi is Now Mainstream Medicine

Harvard researcher, Dr. Peter Wayne, author of "The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi," explains that Tai Chi is now part of mainstream medicine. Harvard meditation researcher, Dr. Herbert Benson, author of "The Relaxation Response," says that between 60 and 90% of all illnesses sending people to doctors are "best treated, not by medicine or surgery (as valuable as they are), but by mind-body therapies, like meditation, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga. Kaiser Permemente did a 20 year study that found, according to Dr. David Sobel of Kaiser, that between 70 and 85% of all non-accident related maladies sending people to their doctors were CAUSED BY STRESS.

Evidence mounts that Tai Chi and Qigong could save global society untold trillions of dollars on saved health costs. How profoundly would that improve the global economy if those dollars could be used on green energy conversion, child care, senior care, or any number of important needs society has? Tai Chi and Qigong, therefore, not only are profound health and life tools, but they can also profoundly improve global economics and quality of life on all levels.

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Voorkomende effecten tijdens de beoefening van Qi Gong

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Step out of the rat race, instead loosen up with Tai Chi and Qigong.

Rushing through the Tai Chi forms is like trying to screw the lid on a jar that has not been created yet. The Qigong warm ups that precede Tai Chi can really help bring the mind back from the rat race, and into the "sensations" of the body.

"Feeling" is a right brain experience one doesn't control. It lets sensations of the body in motion wash over you with the pleasure sensations of the loosening body. Most of the day we are in "left brain" or "control mode", where we are "making things happen," rather then letting and observing. The healing quality of going into the "letting" "pleasure" mode, and letting go of control is what allows Tai Chi and Qigong to become a meditative experience over time. When the movements flow through you as you relax out of the way, and you drift and flow with the sensations, you let go of control.

Meditation is defined by modern science as a saturation of the brain with "alpha waves." Everyone experiences the alpha state for a moment when they fall from busy "beta" brain waves, into the "delta" sleep state. But, we are only there for a moment, as we freefall into sleep state, were are still conscious, but also we are "out of control." Meditation enables us to be alert and stay in the alpha state for extended periods of time, and according to The Relaxation Response, by Harvard meditation researcher, Herbert Benson, MD, the benefits are profound.

By letting Tai Chi and Qigong become a meditation by practicing "letting go of control" and allowing the movements to "move you", your mind is filled with the sensations and pleasure of almost being massaged by the motions your form carries you through. It takes time to get to this state, because the cells of the body have to learn the forms so you don't have to concentrate so hard on them. But, in time you find you can more and more let go of control and feel the movements moving you, almost massaging you as they do.

It's like what sportsmen call "being in the zone". When we are in the zone, our life is not urgent. We are not living one long emergency in our lives. And by cultivating this Zen state of being here and now, in this moment, feeling sensations and not feeling in control, this soothing feeling of being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, can permeate out into our active lives. Our lives become less and less of an emergency.

Een betere wereld begint bij jezelf!

Mind-body arts increase the "empathy/compassion" parts of the brain while shrinking the "fear/stress" parts of the brain.

Hoe meer mensen aan dit soort activiteiten meedoen, hoe groter de impact op de wereld als geheel zal zijn. Vrede en ontspanning in jezelf vinden leidt tot ontspanning en vrede in de wereld om je heen.

My Best Advice to Advance in Qigong, Tai Chi and Meditation (from Tai Chi, Qigong & Feng Shui Institute)

I have just returned from 3 weeks travel to Peru, Bolivia and Chile with 3 friends. Our guides just happened to be spiritually inclined - perhaps due to my energy level. They related the native South American spiritual philosophy which I found quite similar to Taoist concepts such as yin/yang and the importance of the number 3. According to the Tao Te Ching: 1 creates 2, 2 creates 3, 3 creates everything. There were also many similarities in their beliefs and practices; i.e. how they communicate with mountains. This was a high altitude trip. We hiked the Andes at elevations above 5000 meters. One of our destinations was Rainbow Mountain (photo: https://taichi18.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/FB_IMG_1482802276923.jpg). It involved a strenuous 7 hour hike to an elevation of 5200m. Normally it’s recommended that visitors take a week to acclimate, however we only had 4 days. Due to my qigong training I have trekked to 5600m on Mt. Kailash, Tibet without altitude problems. In order to prepare my friends I sent them the link to my video, Exercise to Prevent Altitude Sickness, and recommended they practice daily for 3 months before the trip. I published this simple breathing technique in a previous newsletter (https://youtu.be/D3j14DHvI7k)

One of my friends practiced diligently every day. She only had difficulty rolling her eyes up toward the 3rd eye which is part of the technique, but I told her just to do her best. This was the only instruction I gave her. During the trek, she was the first one to arrive at the top. Another friend asked quite a few questions about this exercise but only practiced it maybe 4 to 5 times per week. She had some mild altitude sickness symptoms and said it was much better than her previous trip in Tibet. Our third companion was a university professor who decided to join us just 2 weeks prior to departure, thus no time to practice. Though she arrived Peru 3 day earlier than us to acclimate the high altitude, unfortunately she experienced full altitude sickness during the trek: headaches, dizziness and vomiting the whole way. It is possible for healers to relieve this condition by directly injecting qi into the patience’s bai hui accupoint. I did this on someone who passed out at high altitude many years ago and it was very effective. However, I have promised my master not to do qi healing anymore so did not intervene this time.

As you can clearly see persistent practice makes a huge difference. I think we all want maximum benefit from our practice. This is true in qigong, tai chi and especially meditation. Students, please understand the importance of diligence in energy practices. With diligence, the path of progress is not simply linear.

Years ago it was difficult for people to find a good method/form. Maybe that’s why once they found it, they were dedicated to practicing this one method day and night. They didn’t seek more. These people were usually quite successful in their advancement. These days, however, there are so many styles, and many teachers hype form after form. Search Youtube, and you will find a profusion of tai chi, qigong and meditation styles. Students who mistakenly practice one style for just a few weeks or months then move on to another thinking this is progress, are referred to as ‘form chasers’. I am sorry to say they usually never advance to a very high level. Learning more and more forms does not equate to real progress. Quantity does not equal quality! In fact, with just the simplified tai chi form and conscientious practice day and night, I am sure your level will surpass those who ‘know’ all the different tai chi forms but are not persistent in practice. They are like one who keeps wandering around the perimeter of a circle never understanding what’s truly inside; whereas the diligent student has the chance to enter to the center of the circle.

My master once said: “Those who advance to a very high level in their practice, no matter whether it is tai chi, qigong or meditation, usually have either very high wisdom or are very stupid. That’s because those with very high wisdom know persistence is the key to success, while the very stupid ones just follow the master’s instructions without deviating and practice no matter what. Those who are somewhere in between usually have many questions (especially those who are overly intellectual). They doubt their practice so don’t follow the teachings or practice consistently. They may even keep changing their methods and switching masters.” I share these stories so you may all advance and achieve maximum benefit from your practice. The circle is before you; it is up to you to choose your path.

Lower stress, lower your blood pressure with Tai Chi and Qigong

You can't see your blood pressure or feel it, so you may wonder why this simple reading is so important. The answer is that when blood pressure is high, your heart is working overtime to pump blood through your body. This extra work can result in a weaker heart muscle and potential organ damage down the road. Your arteries also suffer when your blood pressure is high. The relentless pounding of the blood against the arterial walls causes them to become hard and narrow, potentially setting you up for stroke, kidney failure, and cardiovascular disease.
A healthy lifestyle — not smoking, losing excess weight, eating nutritious foods, and exercising regularly — is the cornerstone for preventing and treating hypertension.
Another important lifestyle change that can help lower blood pressure is managing stress. Too good to be true? No. Your blood pressure comes down when you practice the relaxation response — even when simply breathing deeply for several minutes to calm your body. Regular practice of the relaxation response could help you reap more lasting benefits.
There are many ways to elicit the relaxation response. Techniques include breath focus, body scan, guided imagery, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. The trick is to find a method you are comfortable with and to make your stress reduction practice part of your routine.

2015 - Harvard Medical School

En hieronder een paar (korte) berichten over de voordelen van Tai Chi.

Er komt steeds meer wetenschappelijk bewijs dat deze manier van bewegen écht gezond is voor lichaam en geest. Goed voor je immuunsysteem, energie, flexibiliteit, bloedcirculatie, zenuwstelsel, spijsvertering, ontspanning (=anti-stress), osteoporose, artritis, stabiliteit, houding, depressie, angst etc. Werkt preventief bij regelmatige beoefening, kan klachten doen laten verminderen of zelfs laten verdwijnen. Geschikt voor alle leeftijden.

Meditatie (in beweging) verandert je brein! Dit was natuurlijk al langer bekend, maar dit onderzoek kun je hier even nalezen. Meditatief Lopen en Tai Chi (Tao) zijn meditatie in beweging.

Tai Chi helpt tegen depressie!

Tai Chi helpt tegen artrose!

Tai Chi helpt bij hartfalen!

Tai Chi helpt bij fybromyalgie!

Lees ook eens de volgende artikelen over hoge bloeddruk (en meer):
Heb jij ook een hoge bloeddruk?
Tai Chi helpt tegen hoge bloeddruk! Lees dit artikel, waarin o.a. staat:
"About 1/3 of the American population suffers high blood pressure (hoge bloeddruk). Tai Chi is proven to be a beneficial therapy that not only has no bad side effects, but dramatically improves (verbeterd) immune function (immuunsysteem), respiratory function (ademhalingsfunctie), lowers (verlaagt) the incidence of anxiety (angst) and depression (depressie), and profoundly improves the balance (balans) of practitioners. Tai Chi does more, but for our purposes here these profound realities are enough to show exactly why it is truly unbelievable that Tai Chi is getting so little scrutiny (onderzoek) in medical research dollars, when it can save so many from chronic suffering and perhaps some from a lifetime of chronic costly medications."

Er zijn diverse simpele en doeltreffende methodes beschikbaar om de bloeddruk te reguleren als onderdeel van Tai Chi & Qi Gong. Deze eenvoudige methodes zijn door iedereen in zeer korte tijd te leren. Geen bijwerkingen!

Ook interessant in "Worldwidehealth":
Artikel met informatie over o.a. osteoporose, angst, depressie, hormonale schommelingen, stress, valpreventie.
Lees ook dit artikel over Tai Chi en Qi Gong, waarin o.a. staat:

"Studies have shown that Tai Chi can lower high blood pressure, and profoundly boost aspects of the immune system, while improving balance and coordination far better than any other known exercise. Tai Chi can reduce or eliminate chronic pain or limited mobility, while lessening the incidence of anxiety, depression, or overall mood disturbance."


Tai Chi als valpreventie!
Lees ook eens dit artikel over valpreventie.


Medical research reveals that 70 to 85% of illness in industrialized nations is due to stress - which is why Tai Chi and Qigong are being utilized in medical school training around the world today.
But, why are modern people so over stressed? Because the world is changing faster than ever before in history. Our generation is facing a bone-jarring relentless change that will only get faster and faster. Now, change can be good, and it is certainly inevitable. Our challenge as humans, is to learn how to surf the waves of change, enjoying the ride, rather than being slammed down by the waves of change.
Tai Chi and Qigong are multi-faceted and multi-dimensional treasures that offer our world so many other benefits. Here, we'll look at one of those - their ability to facilitate change in a changing world.

"Tai Chi & Qigong will play an important role in global awakening."
– A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle –

No matter what you opinion on these changes, one fact we all must agree on is that: Our world is in transition. It is inevitable because there are nearly 4 times more people on the planet than when many of us were born. One cannot pretend to live in a world that no longer exists. As the world changes around us, it would be futile to try to stay the same. Lao Tzu saw this centuries ago, when change was coming at a tiny fraction of the speed we are facing today. (As you may already know, over the centuries, Lao Tzu's Taoist philosophical insights have formed the core of "tai chi and qigong" philosophy as well.)

”If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.”
– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching –

Tai Chi and Qigong forms are metaphoric models to enable practitioners to "loosen" in order to "flow through the constant changes" life washes us upon like shifting tides. These ancient mind-body arts are designed to "loosen" the mind, heart and body to flow through the forms of our various meditative techniques. For example, a Tai Chi form isn't Tai Chi. Even an entire series of Tai Chi forms are not Tai Chi. Tai Chi is the evolving flow of transition. Forms are only snapshots. Anyone who's taken a trip to a beautiful place, and been severly dissapointed by the photo's inability to reflect the majestic beauty of the nature we witnessed on our trip - knows the difficulty in quantifying what Tai Chi or Qigong are. For, they are change - nebulous - evolving – undescribable.

"The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao."
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching -

As Lao Tzu wrote, all of life is connected. By loosening ourselves emotionally and physically, we enable changes - needed change - to flow more easily into our world. Right now the world is gripping, because massive relentless change feels like the world if fallling apart. Our generation is facing more rapid change than any other in human history.

In my popular book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong," I describe Tai Chi and Qigong as a "centering tool" that is not unlike stepping to the center of a fast moving merry-go-round. When you move to the center, things feel calmer. You feel less like throwing up, even as the world spins faster and faster around you. Tai Chi, Qigong, and other mind-body teachers offer our world a way to "loosen" so that the coming changes can flow through us most easily - yes, just as we train to relax and allow our Tai Chi or Qigong forms to flow through us. But, as Lao Tzu also pointed out - each of us is a microcosm of the whole of society - so as we individuals loosen and breathe through change, that enables our society and planet to more easily flow through it as well.

When these highly effective, and proven, mind-body tools are utilized on a massive scale, through public education, workplace classes, and healthcare, the world will save trillions in future health care costs. This can help take alot of strain off our future changes, and enable a more "graceful transition" to whatever our world is evolving toward.

Bron: Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Stress kan zich opslaan in je lichaam en als stress niet wordt ontladen kan stress allerlei ongemakken, pijn(tjes) en uiteindelijk ziektes veroorzaken. Dit heeft alles te maken met stagnaties in de Qi stroom. Wordt deze stroom weer op gang gebracht dan is genezing mogelijk. Krampachtig geestelijk vasthouden heeft ook in zich om stagnatie te veroorzaken, ook in lichamelijke zin (bijv. obstipatie). Regelmatig kun je zien dat tijdens de uitvoering van ontspannende bezigheden, zoals Tai Chi of Qi Gong, mensen spontaan beginnen te gapen of dat plotseling emoties vrijkomen. Dit is een goed teken, zodat vastzittende spanning en emoties kunnen worden ontladen (losgelaten/vrijgelaten). Mensen kunnen wel schrikken van het feit dat deze opgeslagen emoties zomaar aan de oppervlakte komen en schamen zich daar wellicht voor. Niet onlogisch in de maatschappij waarin je altijd maar sterk en stoer moet zijn. Stoppen met deze ontspannende oefeningen is op dat moment toch niet erg handig om het zo maar even te zeggen, aangezien het lichaam de juiste signalen heeft afgegeven om weer te kunnen helen. Doorgaan met een ontspannende bezigheid blijft dus toch mijn advies. Dit dan wel weer in balans met je overige activiteiten. Een weloverwogen keuze maken in je activiteiten kan derhalve ook heel ontspannend werken. De buitenwereld is yang en ontspannende oefeningen werken yin. De balans hierin vinden zorgt voor o.a. stabiliteit, flexibiliteit, rust, ruimte (in je hoofd), kalmte, weerbaarheid, preventie en kan genezing in werking zetten.

Ziran Qigong is een methode om stress te ontladen. Binnen de stuctuur van de oefeningen is het belangrijk dat de ademhaling en beweging zo spontaan en natuurlijk mogelijk worden uitgevoerd.
Ziran zou je kunnen vertalen als de "methode van de niet-methode". Het Chinese begrip zi ran betekent letterlijk "zelf-zo", dat wat er gebeurt volgens de regels van de eigen natuur, een groeiproces in plaats van externe manipulatie. Bijvoorbeeld een boom groeit zi ran; golven ontstaan zi ran; een kind groeit en ademt zi ran. Het Chinees voor natuur is da zi ran, "het grote zelf-zo" of "de grote spontaniteit". We maken ons bepaalde methoden eigen om andere, disfunctionele methoden af te leren en nieuwe mogelijkheden te ontdekken en het lichaam een grotere keuzevrijheid te geven. Naarmate je langer oefent zul je ontdekken dat je dagelijkse gewoonten op een natuurlijke manier veranderen, zonder enige dwang.
We staan daardoor weer dichter bij onze (eigen) natuurlijke staat van zijn, hetgeen je eigen mogelijkheden weer laat zien en ontplooien. Als gevolg hiervan zul je niet meer onbewust meelopen met de massa, omdat dat nu eenmaal zo hoort. Je acteert weer vanuit passie, vanuit je hart, in plaats van het geplaveide weggetje af te lopen. Of je wordt je daarvan in ieder geval van bewust als je dat doet. Verandering in leefomstandigheden komt weer binnen je bereik en laat je op een positive wijze nadenken over wat je elke dag doet of wilt doen (mindfulness). Je intuïtie (gevoel) gaat weer ontwaken en de ratio (ego) komt weer in dienst te staan van je gevoel. Met als gevolg een hogere mate van welbevinden. De hogere mate van ontspanning die je ervaart tijdens en na de oefeningen kan een signaal van het lichaam zijn dat er blijkbaar iets moet veranderen in je huidige (destructieve) leefomstandigheden. O.a. vermoeidheid, ongemak, pijn etc. continue negeren leidt uiteindelijk tot lijden; acute of chronische ziektes. Het lichaam is eigenlijk ons waarschuwingssysteem, echter wordt niet meer als zodanig op waarde geschat.

Bron: Pieter Gilles

In ancient Chinese literature, there are numerous Buddhist stories of great Zen Masters being outwitted by farmers. Some might be tempted to say "simple farmers", but farming is not so simple. People who depend on nature have to base their decisions on complex interactions between people, plants, animals, climate, geology, and other aspects of the environment. By contrast, modern people's decision-making processes are too simplistic, based on the false assumption that people should only consider the effect that their decisions have on other people, as though human actions have no ecological consequences. For those who think that natural wisdom only comes from other cultures or countries, take a look at this beautiful quote (from an anonymous source), called

An Old Farmer's Advice

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.
Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Don't judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Bron: Kenneth Cohen

... and more from Kenneth Cohen.

I recently had the honor of presenting at the leading Chinese Medicine symposium in the United States, the Pacific Symposium in San Diego, California. To my delight, there were about 700 very enthusiastic students in my lecture “Qigong for Cancer: An Evidence-Based Approach to Chinese Energy Medicine” and about 200 in my beak-away 3 hour workshop on Primordial Qigong. At the very end of my presentations, we were treated to a full double rainbow, one of which I captured with my camera.

Attendees, mostly acupuncturists, were probably surprised to see on the opening page of the Symposium website that all 63 hours of course work at the Symposium were approved for California continuing education units “except Ken Cohen’s lecture.” The background story brings out some absurdities in U.S. education and professional licensing. My lectures have been hosted by numerous medical schools, hospitals, and medical organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic, the American Association of Medical Acupuncture (M.D.s who practice Chinese medicine), the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and so on. Physicians and nurses are able to get continuing education credits for my programs. Yet acupuncturists cannot. Why? My course was rejected by the California acupuncture board because treating cancer with qigong, EVEN AS COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY, “falls outside the scope of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practice.” By law, TCM doctors are only allowed to treat the side-effects of conventional (and sometimes unproven) western therapies. They can treat the nausea, pain and discomfort that follow chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. But they cannot, legally, treat cancer directly, and have little access to any supportive evidence, unless it is offered not-for-credit and outside of standard TCM school curricula.

I explained to the students in my lecture that I am not a physician and cannot offer medical advice regarding the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of disease. Yet, it is my PERSONAL OPINION, that the evidence for the effectiveness of qigong far exceeds that of many standard western interventions for cancer. And I don’t give a damn about being politically correct. I received a hearty round of applause, and warm email feedback continues to pour in.

Of course many skeptics claim that qigong is “only placebo,” the power of positive beliefs and expectation. But then how do we explain why External Qi Healing (qi projected from the hands of a trained healer) works on mice, rats, and cell cultures? We presume that the mouse doesn’t believe in the power and charisma of the healer!

And if we are to cry “placebo,” let’s be fair. At least 1/3 of all healings attributed to western medicine are due to placebo, the natural course of the disease, or other unknown factors. A leading scientific methodology expert from the NIH told me, “When both patient and physician believe in the efficacy of treatment, the level of placebo effect jumps to 2/3.” I am certainly not denying the miracles of western medicine. It is can be absolutely life-saving if you have a bacterial infection, diabetes, are injured in a car accident, for some cancers, and for a host of other conditions. But we should not demand 100% evidence-based effect for qigong when we don’t make the same demands of medical science. And if you think that western medicine is supported by better research or “statistically significant” results, think again. Read this just published article from Science News "www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/335872/title/Odds_Are%2C_Its_Wrong". “It’s science’s dirtiest secret,” the authors tells us, “The ‘scientific method’ of testing hypotheses by statistical analysis stands on a flimsy foundation.”

To put it simply, unproven therapies are given the stamp of approval, while many clinically effective interventions are unapproved, non-reimbursed (by insurance), and rarely funded, whether for research or public education. This is a terrible disservice to the patient and a betrayal of the Hypocritic, I mean Hippocratic Oath.

Meer studies...

Recent studies have shown the stress-busting benefits of Tai Chi, a popular form of an ancient Chinese martial art that is essentially a combination of movements and positions that flow into one another. In fact, Tai Chi was linked to reduced stress in two separate studies last year-one in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the other in the Journal of American College Health.
In Tai Chi, which is traditionally done in a standing position, you repeatedly shift your weight back and forth, engaging the muscles in both your upper and lower body, as well as employing rhythmic breathing. Because the shifts are slow and fluid, they relax your muscles and calm your mind while improving your balance, strength, and flexibility. This “meditation in motion,” as it is sometimes called, is said to stimulate the body’s flow of what the Chinese refer to as Chi (pronounced chee), or life force. Whether or not you believe the force is with you, psychologist Kate Hays theorizes that Tai Chi’s mellow pace and precise actions focus the mind and serve as a reminder to take things more slowly. How to put it into practice: Seek out more advanced study with a teacher. For maximum benefits, strive to practice for up to 20 minutes every morning.
-- Beirut-Online, Nov 11 2011
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Rewiring the brain to ease pain.
How you think about pain can have a major impact on how it feels. That's the intriguing conclusion neuroscientists are reaching as scanning technologies let them see how the brain processes pain. Neuroscientists are finding that mind-body approaches, such as tai chi, are effective in diminishing chronic pain. Source: The Australian
-- The Wall Street Journal, November 16, 2011
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Research has shown that regular physical activity can help prevent dementia, heart attacks, strokes, Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. The American College of Sports Medicine recently released evidence-based recommendations about the quality and quantity of exercise. The ACSM recommends "functional fitness" activities such as Pilates, tai chi and yoga. These combine balance, stretching and muscle strengthening, and they can improve your agility and body control.
-- The Washington Post, Nov. 28, 2011
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12 fun ways to kick a cold.
Tai chi, the graceful slow dance you do alone, can rev up your body's illness-fighting defenses by as much as 47 percent (!!!) and even triples the protection you get from a flu shot(!!!). The secret to tai chi's elixir-like effects, scientists suspect, lies in its slow movements and controlled breathing. Tai chi marshals the power of both to fight germs. It also eases stress and helps you to sleep better. All this contributes to a healthy immune system.
-- Mother Nature Network, Nov. 23, 2011
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Mental health problems can start in childhood.
Jodi is now 21 and doing well. She doesn't take medication. Exercise, yoga and tai chi help, as do Chinese medicine, acupuncture and massage therapy.
-- Ottawa Citizen, Canada, Nov. 26, 2011
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Staying active during cancer treatment and maintaining a positive outlook could help ward off some of those symptoms, Bower said. Her research team has been testing the effectiveness of yoga as a treatment for fatigue and tai chi for insomnia.
-- Reuters, Aug. 11, 2011
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Artikelen in "Parade.com" over Tai Chi

Better Balance With Tai Chi | Parade.com
May 3, 2009 ... According to new research, patients who have suffered a stroke may be able to regain some of their lost balance by practicing tai chi, a form of Chinese martial arts. Tai chi involves slow, rhythmic movements that are circular, flowing, and low-impact. It is sometimes called “moving meditation,” because you do it while breathing deeply, which helps to balance your mind and body. Done regularly, tai chi can reduce the risk of falls and injury. It also may improve circulation, flexibility, posture, blood pressure, and heart rate, as well as ease pain, reduce stress, increase energy, and prevent osteoporosis. One study even shows benefits in people with fibromyalgia.
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Oh, My Aching Knees! | Parade.com
Sep 12, 2010 ... Regular tai chi or yoga sessions have been found to help increase one's range of motion.
A lack of joint mobility has been directly linked to knee pain. Why? If you have difficulty bending your knees when you walk or run, you end up placing excess pressure on a small area around the kneecap. Regular tai chi or yoga sessions have been found to help increase one’s range of motion.
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Ease The Aches Of Arthritis | Parade.com
Sep 28, 2008 ... Any mild form of stretching with controlled breathing, such as yoga or tai chi, also can relieve arthritis pain. Some of my patients have seen real ...
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The Biggest Health Danger To Men - High Blood pressure | Parade.com
Mar 4, 2009... Medical Center and Harvard Medical School's Osher Institute concluded that low-impact exercises such as tai chi can reduce blood pressure. Nearly 75 million Americans have a potentially life-threatening disease—and 28% don’t even know it. According to a new study from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), more adults than ever in the U.S. have high blood pressure. In fact, it is now the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke worldwide. And here’s the scariest part: Because it doesn’t usually cause symptoms, by the time some people realize they have high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension), it already may have caused significant damage in the form of heart disease, stroke, vision or kidney problems, or, in men, erectile dysfunction.
Regular exercise can improve your aerobic conditioning, which will result in a healthy drop in blood pressure, explains Dr. Dom­enic A. Sica, a professor of medicine and chairman of clinical pharmacology and hypertension at Virginia Commonwealth University. It doesn’t have to be vigorous: In a recent review of 26 studies, researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School’s Osher Institute concluded that low-impact exercises such as tai chi can reduce blood pressure. Meanwhile, a study at Syracuse University found that resistance training can lower blood pressure in those who have pre- or stage-1 hypertension.
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Tai Chi: The No-Sweat Way to Boost Immunity - Prevent colds and flu by Marianne McGinnis, Prevention Magazine.
To keep sick days at bay, trade your vitamin C in for a dose of tai chi. It's cheaper and more effective. The secret to tai chi's elixir-like quality, scientists suspect, lies in its slow movements and controlled breathing. It also zaps stress and helps you to sleep better--both key to a healthy immune system.

BREAKING Medical Research:

* Qigong shows promise in Breast Cancer Study!
* Tai Chi more effective than glucosomine and shark cartilage!
* Tai Chi improves brain function, says Harvard!
* Tai Chi is pain solution beyond the pill bottle!
* Korean study shows Tai Chi for knee arthritis!
* Stem cells increase!
* Lowering high blood pressure!

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Researchers from the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas found that practicing qi gong was linked with decreased depression and increased quality of life in women who were undergoing radiotherapy for their breast cancer. The findings are important because past research has shown an association between depression and worse outcomes for cancer patients. The new study, published in the journal Cancer, included 96 Chinese women who had stage 1, 2 or 3 breast cancer and were going to the Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center in China. ... Researchers found that women who did qi gong experienced a decrease in depressive symptoms by the end of the study, while women who were in the control group didn't experience any decrease in symptoms. They also noted that the women who had the highest scores on the depression scale were the ones who experienced the greatest benefit -- both in decreased depressive symptoms and improved quality of life -- from qi gong.
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-- Huffington Post, January 28, 2013

In controlled experiments, glucosomine and shark cartilage have failed to reliably relieve knee pain, but a 2011 review of multiple studies of Tai Chi ... concluded that it is generally effective at controlling pain and improving physical function.
-- Parade Magazine (the world's #1 most read magazine), January 27, 2013

A recent Harvard study has even found that tai chi can improve your brain functions. According to Harvard Medical Instructor, Catherine Kerr, "Tai chi is a very interesting form of training because it combines a low-intensity aerobic exercise with a complex, learned, motor sequence. Meditation, motor learning, and attentional focus have all been shown in numerous studies to be associated with training-related changes-including, in some cases, changes in actual brain structure-in specific cortical regions."
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-- Yahoo News, July 2012

Another non-drug strategy that may be useful for relieving several kinds of pain is Tai Chi. This exercise regimen consists of a series of postures that are performed in a set sequence. You move in a flowing motion from one posture to the next while centering your mind by focusing on an area just below the navel, described by practitioners as the body's storage point for chi (energy). On the physical side, practice enhances balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, and stamina. On the mental side, tai chi helps to relieve stress, improves body awareness, and reduces social isolation when done in a group setting. Emerging research shows that tai chi has many positive attributes for people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, tension headache, and other painful conditions.
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-- Pain Relief Outside the Pill Bottle, Harvard Health Publication, June, 2012

Mind-body. You can soothe achy joints and improve mobility with mind-body techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, meditation, tai chi and guided imagery. A recent study from Korea found that tai chi is significantly beneficial for controlling pain and improving physical function in people who have osteoarthritis in the knee. For details about various options, consult the Arthritis Foundation's guide to alternative and natural therapies.
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-- iVillage, June, 2012 - Beyond Aspirin: How to Ease Pain When You Have Arthritis

The researchers concluded that the tai chi practitioners saw their individual stem cell counts increase by increments of three to five times. Regular tai chi exercises helped the subjects with heart function, reinvigorated neural cells in the brain, balanced excitement and inhibition controls, and helped with mental trauma and nerve exhaustion.
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Qigong Lowers High Blood Pressure!
A recent study confirms that Qi Gong helps to reduce cases of high blood pressure in patients with pre-hypertension and mild hypertension.
A total of 40 participants were randomized into a control group and a Qi Gong group. The Qi Gong group practiced the forms for a total of 5 times per week for a total of 8 weeks. Blood pressure reductions occurred in the Qi Gong group and not in the control group. Systolic blood pressure reduced significantly.
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En wat heb je nodig om bovengenoemde voordelen te behalen of anders gezegd je eigen natuurlijke staat van zijn te verkrijgen c.q. weer terug te krijgen?
Een open mind, discipline en geduld ;)
In de Ziran Qigong komen termen voor als geloof (vertrouwen), passie en wilskracht. Door hier mee bezig te zijn ontwikkel je "waarheid" (andere wijze van waarnemen), compassie en liefde.