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Exercise Is Medicine
Joseph Brady MSTCM, L. Ac., Dipl.O.M.
Jacqui Shumway M.A., BBA
TCM College of Sports Medicine
Nov 22, 2010
Exercise Is Medicine™, Tai Chi/Qigong and the National Physical Activity plan
Healthy, happy, fully functional people are money in the bank for our whole society. For the first time since the 1960‘s, serious attention is being given to prevention because of the new U.S. health care legislation. Although Tai Chi and Qigong have a thousand year history of preventing and treating disease, they are just now getting deserved attention as a result of an initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine called Exercise Is Medicine™. The purpose of the ACSM’s Exercise Is Medicine™ initiative is to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of medical treatment in the United States. There is a growing consensus that increasing awareness, knowledge and participation in Tai Chi and Qigong, both as alternative medicine and as physical activity for fitness and overall wellness, will benefit the public health.
The creation of a "health promotion industry vs. an illness care industry"
As health care costs continue to skyrocket, the dire need for new approaches to preventive medicine can no longer be ignored. Increasing physical activity levels in the population has the potential to prevent disease and disability and create enormous savings in health care costs. The TCM College of Sports Medicine will be working through the NAHF Network of Governors Councils and State Coalitions to help implement the ACSM’s Exercise Is Medicine™ initiative to ensure that Tai Chi/Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine play an integral role.
Scientific review study, confirms Tai Chi and Qi Gong is Medical Exercise!
Shin Lin, a professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, Irvine conducted a review study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Professor Lin looked at 77 randomized controlled trials about Tai Chi or Qigong, including a total of 6,410 participants. and found strong evidence that Tai Chi and Qigong offer benefits for:
• cardio-respiratory fitness
• physical function and bone health
• balance and fall prevention
• mental health and quality of life

Tai Chi and Qigong have many health benefits, and therefore, should be considered a high priority when integrating Exercise Is Medicine™ into the health care system. It should also become a high priority in your life. We invite and encourage you to commit to as many of the following practices as possible -
• Talk to your Doctor about Exercise Is Medicine™ and Tai Chi during your next office visit.
• Look up a Tai Chi Teacher in your neighborhood at
• Begin your own Tai Chi and physical activity program, after talking to your Doctor.
• Get on our e-mail list for Tai Chi practitioners who support using Exercise as Medicine:
• Share information about Tai Chi and Qigong and the idea that Exercise Is Medicine™ with your family and friends. Encourage them to visit this site for more information and talk to their health care provider about exercise/physical activity.

The TCM College will be producing a series of clinical Tai Chi and Qigong tutorials for Tai Chi Practitioners to learn to use healing exercise to treat common health concerns. These tutorials are being compiled by some of the top experts in the country on Tai Chi, Qigong and exercise science.
Please join us in this exciting effort! The more Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners we are speaking up about the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong, the more influence we will have on changing the course of country’s health system. To find out more about becoming a part of this exciting opportunity, contact Joe Brady or Jacqui Shumway in Denver, Colorado at the Tai Chi Project website or directly at the TCM College of Sports Medicine:, 303-744-7676.




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