Health

Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of a 10-week Tai Chi (TC) program on neuropsychological, psychological, and physical health of female cancer survivors. DESIGN: Twenty-three women with a history of cancer participated in 60-min TC classes two times/week for 10-weeks. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Before and after the intervention, participants completed neuropsychological tests (memory, executive functioning, language, and attention); 5 tests of balance; and self-report questionnaires of neuropsychological complaints, stress and mood, and fatigue.

Author(s): 
Reid-Arndt, Stephanie A.
Matsuda, Sandy
Cox, Cathy R.
Publication Title: 
Psychoneuroendocrinology

BACKGROUND: Stress reducing effects of Taiji, a mindful and gentle form of body movement, have been reported in previous studies, but standardized and controlled experimental studies are scarce. The present study investigates the effect of regular Taiji practice on psychobiological stress response in healthy men and women. METHODS: 70 participants were randomly assigned to either Taiji classes or a waiting list.

Author(s): 
Nedeljkovic, Marko
Ausfeld-Hafter, Brigitte
Streitberger, Konrad
Seiler, Roland
Wirtz, Petra H.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to examine and compare health status across ages using a volunteer sample of U.S. Taijiquan and Qigong (TQG) practitioners (N=120; age range=24-83, M=54.77) and a nationally representative sample (N=414,629; age range=18-99, M=54.86) collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DESIGN: The study design was cross-sectional, between-group comparisons.

Author(s): 
Komelski, Matthew F.
Miyazaki, Yasuo
Blieszner, Rosemary
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an important part of health care in China and with increased popularity worldwide, has received extensive attention from governments at all levels. With the current emphasis on clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness, TCM, as indeed do all other treatments, requires rigorous evidence to be considered in reimbursement decision-making.

Author(s): 
Zhang, Fang
Kong, Lin-lin
Zhang, Yi-ye
Li, Shu-chuen
Publication Title: 
Holistic Nursing Practice

Perceived healthiness and a belief in one's ability to make lifestyle changes may exert influence on individual health behaviors and outcomes. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of qigong exercise with perception of healthiness as well as with selected serum laboratory measures and blood pressure in women at risk for type 2 diabetes. Perception of healthiness was favorably affected; however, no significant differences were noted in serum laboratory measures or blood pressure.

Author(s): 
Gates, Debra J.
Mick, Diane
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

CONTEXT: The initial gain from a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (PRP) among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) begins to fade away 6 months after the completion of a rehabilitation program. One possible reason may be due to the poor compliance of the patients to the existing forms of home exercise program (e.g., walking, weight training activities, etc.). OBJECTIVES: This study tested the efficacy of health qigong (HQG), a traditional Chinese exercise, as an adjunct home exercise program in optimizing the gains obtained from PRP until 6 months after discharge.

Author(s): 
Ng, Bobby H. P.
Tsang, Hector W. H.
Jones, Alice Y. M.
So, C. T.
Mok, Thomas Y. W.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to examine and compare health status across ages using a volunteer sample of U.S. Taijiquan and Qigong (TQG) practitioners (N=120; age range=24-83, M=54.77) and a nationally representative sample (N=414,629; age range=18-99, M=54.86) collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DESIGN: The study design was cross-sectional, between-group comparisons.

Author(s): 
Komelski, Matthew F.
Miyazaki, Yasuo
Blieszner, Rosemary

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