Qigong – Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century

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Use Tai Chi to Fight Depression: Gentle exercise has powerful effect in older people

by: Michael Haederle | from: AARP Bulletin | March 29, 2011

Older adults who suffer from depression may find lasting relief by practicing a flowing Chinese martial art called tai chi in addition to receiving more traditional treatment, according to a new study.

Patients who regularly performed tai chi while taking a prescription antidepressant were more likely to recover from their depression, compared with a group who just attended health lectures while taking the drug, researchers found.

Tai chi is known to improve balance and mobility, but the study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry was the first to examine whether it helps with depression, says Helen Lavretsky, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at UCLA.

Tai chi practitioners repeat a sequence of fluid movements while paying attention to their breathing. Lavretsky calls it “meditation through movement.”

Clinical psychologist Patricia Marino, assistant professor of psychology at the Weill Cornell Medical College specializing in geriatric mental health, describes Lavretsky’s research as “very promising.” She notes that most in the tai chi group did not see their depression return after the 10-week class. Frequently depression does return after a treatment is discontinued.

Source> http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-03-2011/tai-chi-helps-fight-depression.html?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN

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