Natural Health Science News The latest news and top resources on natural health.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Stops Falls, Saves Money

Posted June 19, 2013

Compared with other forms of exercise, performing the martial art tai chi not only reduced falls among Parkinson’s disease patients, it was cost-effective as well, researchers suggested here. The cost for preventing one fall — using a program of stretching exercise as a base — was $8 less if patients were using tai chi, said Peter Harmer, PhD, professor of exercise science at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

Read More

Complexity-based measures inform tai chi’s impact on standing postural control in older adults with peripheral neuropathy

Posted April 17, 2013

Tai Chi training enhances physical function and may reduce falls in older adults with and without balance disorders, yet its effect on postural control as quantified by the magnitude or speed of center-of-pressure (COP) excursions beneath the feet is less clear. We hypothesized that COP metrics derived from complex systems theory may better capture the multi-component stimulus that Tai Chi has on the postural control system, as compared with traditional COP measures.

Read More

Falls: Tai Chi May Be Remedy

Posted February 8, 2013

In a small, randomized study, tai chi showed promise for reducing the risk of falls among stroke survivors. Over a 12-week period, there were five falls among 30 survivors who practiced tai chi, versus 15 falls among 28 survivors assigned to usual care, Ruth E. Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing in Tucson, reported at the International Stroke Conference in Honolulu.

Read More

Tai Chi Relives Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms, How To Get Started

Posted December 19, 2012

Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis typically includes medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs and more potent medications that are associated with serious side effects. Some patients are interested in alternative treatments with fewer or no side effects, such as tai chi, which has demonstrated some significant benefits. Here is a review of recent findings to help you decide if you want to start tai chi.

Read More

Practicing Tai Chi May Lead to a Longer Life, Study Shows

Posted September 28, 2012

Medical research shows tai chi can be beneficial for congestive heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, depression and anxiety, but new research shows it may also effect DNA, promoting a longer life, according to an article published in the Chicago Daily Herald and written by Dr. Patrick B. Massey.

Read More

Tai Chi Shown to Improve COPD Exercise Capacity

Posted August 10, 2012

Tai Chi can be used as an effective form of exercise therapy for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new findings. The research, which was published online August 9, 2012 ahead of print in the European Respiratory Journal, suggests that this form of exercise can improve exercise capacity and quality of life in people with COPD and may be as beneficial as pulmonary rehabilitation.

Read More

Tai Chi Increases Brain Size and Benefits Cognition in Randomized Controlled Trial of Chinese Elderly

Posted June 20, 2012

Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Read More

Tart Cherries Can Help Overcome ‘Fruit Fatigue’

Posted April 30, 2012

According to experts, eating a variety of rich-colored fruits is essential for an overall healthy diet, but most Americans are falling far short of the daily recommended consumption of fruit as only one in five Americans is currently getting the recommended 1 to 2 cups of fruit each day.

Read More

Tart cherries may boost sleep: RCT

Posted April 30, 2012

A glass of tart cherry juice first thing in the morning and last thing before bed may benefit sleep patterns, suggests a new study.

Read More

Study: Tart cherry juice helps with a good night’s sleep

Posted April 30, 2012

If you have trouble sleeping, you might want to add tart cherry juice concentrate to your grocery list. Research published in the European Journal of Nutrition, found two servings of the juice daily helped stud participants sleep longer, leading to less daytime napping and increased sleep efficiency.

Read More