TAI CHI - GOOD FOR ELDERLY, REAFFIRMED BY RECENT JOINTLY RESEARCH
I am pleased to announce the recent medical studies jointly conducted by Edzard Ernst of the University of Exeter, southern England and Myeong Soo Lee of the Korean Institute of Oriental Medicine. These researchers gave Thumbs, Toe and Tongue up to Tai Chi as a way of preventing falls and improving health in the elderly, but does not confirm other claims made for the Chinese martial art.
This centuries old martial art practices is based on tenets in Confucian and Buddhist philosophies that health was governed by two opposing forces, comprise of Yin and Yang. It basically entails regular practice of deep breathing and relaxation techniques, coupled with slow and gentle body's movements.
This art has been well received by the populations in Oriental and Western world and also constantly reviewed by medical experts of its claims. This time, the above researches derived their findings based on the examination of 35 assessments of Tai Chi found in English-language, Chinese and Korean databases.
They found "convincingly positive" evidence that, among the elderly, practising Tai Chi helped sense of balance and boosted psychological well-being. This finding will further enhance confidence among the practitioners to spread this healthy activity to larger populations.
However, it "appears to be ineffective" for treating symptoms of cancer and arthritis as some quarter claimed. The evidence also contradicts other claims such as Tai Chi improved high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, muscle strength, osteoporosis and other conditions.
This may be flawed by many studies due to their poor design or their biasness. For instance, they may select a small numbers of volunteers or lacked an adequate "control" group to arrive at a just and fair comparison.
More over, this exercise also believe to make a considerable difference to the collective energy field and goes some way toward diminishing the pain-body by reducing thinking and generating Presence. (Page 158, A New World, Eckhart Tolle)
The above finding also appeared in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, published by the British Medical Association (BMA).
Overall, we can safely infer that this healthy exercise is definitely good for elderly folks and they should not be clouded by any unnecessary doubts. But continue to enjoy it for their health as it has been proven and reaffirmed by the recent research.
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