Optimizing the Health Benefits from Tai Chi and Qigong
January 19, 2016 -
What can you do to optimize the health
benefits from Tai Chi and Qigong? Researchers from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University conducted a study to explore the potential
influence of curriculum, frequency of practice, and dietary quality on the
health of experienced Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners.
They collected the responses from a volunteer sample of Tai Chi
practitioners from across the United States using an online survey. The
instrument was designed to collect data on health-related quality of life, diet,
and Tai Chi practice regimens. Those included in the analysis were people who
had practiced Tai Chi or Qigong for at least 4 years and aged between 24 and 83.
Relationships among self-reported health, diet, experience, practice frequency,
and curricular complexity were analyzed.
Practitioners' health status did not show the typical negative
association with age and was positively associated with complex curricula,
practice, and high-quality diets. Significant interaction effects were seen
between (1) curricular complexity and additional practice and (2) curricular
complexity and diet.
So the researchers concluded that Tai Chi or Qigong program
designers, teachers and practitioners should consider the potential influence of
curricula, out-of-class practice, and healthy diets for optimizing
health-related gains and minimizing age-related losses in Tai Chi and Qigong
Their findings were published in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of
Alternative and Complementary Medicine.