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The Wu Yi Jie He Family System of Chinese Healing and Martial Arts

QiGong / Tai Chi - Benefits

"The cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul, and therefore, if the head and the body are to be healthy, you must begin by curing the mind. This is the first thing. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured. For this is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body, that physicians first separate the soul from the body."

- Plato, in his book The Republic, written in 380 B.C.


GENERAL BENEFITS

QiGong/Tai Chi teaches inner strength while toning muscles, increasing flexibility, and boosting immune power. It is also said to reduce stress, store up energy, increase body awareness, and improve balance and coordination. QiGong/Tai Chi was the closely held secret of a few Chinese families for nearly 1,000 years...

- Men's Health Magazine - 8 Mar/Apr '93 p. 66-69


PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

Relative to measurement beforehand, practice of QiGong / Tai Chi raised heart rate, increased non-adrenaline excretion in urine, and decreased salivary cortisol concentration. Relative to baseline levels, test subjects reported less tension, depression, anger, fatigue, confusion and state-anxiety; they felt more vigorous, and in general they had less total mood disturbance.

- (American Psychological Association) Journal of Psychosomatic Research - 1989 Vol 33 (2)197-206


IMMUNE SYSTEM

A study conducted in China indicates that QiGong/Tai Chi may increase the number of T lymphocytes in the body. Also know as T Cells, these lymphocytes help the immune system destroy bacteria and possibly even tumor cells.

- Prevention Magazine - V. 42, May 90, p.14-15


BREATHING, ACHES, BLOODPRESSURE

Participants observed a "big increase in breathing capacity", a disappearance of backaches and neckaches, those with high blood pressure claimed a drop of 10 to 15 mm Hg systolic at rest, and all participants claimed to have more energy in their daily work.

- Hawaii Medical Journal - Vol 51 No. 8 August 92


CURES & PREVENTIONS

Proponents claim that QiGong/Tai Chi can also:
1. cure illnesses such as hypertension, asthma, insomnia;
2. prevent arteriosclerosis and spinal deformity; and
3. shorten recovery phase from long-term illness.

Results from a study by Chen Munyi (1963) with elderly QiGong/Tai Chi practitioners show that this group had RTs, strength, and flexibility superior to non-practitioners.

- (American Psychological Association) American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 1981 Spr Vol 9 (1) 15-22


BEYOND TRADITIONAL CARE

Health practitioners encountering clients who are faced with problems that do not seem to respond to traditional health care may employ some of the health traditions of other cultures and to view the body and mind as a balanced whole. Massage, acupuncture and QiGong / Tai Chi focus on the mind/body connection to facilitate healing through relaxation, pressure points, and movement.

- AAOHN Journal, 1993 July, 41 (7) 349-351


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