Taiji Helps Fibromyalgia Patients

I just had to share this article from the NY Times today!

Interesting research published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing the many benefits of taiji for severe pain and chronic conditions. Especially nice that this study refers to the many levels of benefit taiji provides for body, mind and spirit. I read recently somewhere, that TCM practitioners joke that the only place the mind and body separate is in medical textbooks!

Here are few excerpts that took my attention:

The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in TheNew England Journal of Medicine.

Before the study, “I didn’t know tai chi from a sneeze,” said Ms. Petersen, who has diabetes and other conditions. “I was like, ‘Well, O.K., I’ll get to meet some people, it will get me out of the house.’ I didn’t believe any of it. I thought this is so minimal, it’s stupid.”

After a few weeks, she said she began to feel better, and after 12 weeks “the pain had diminished 90 percent.” She has continued tai chi, lost 50 pounds and can walk three to seven miles a day.

Dr. Shmerling said that though tai chi is inexpensive compared with other treatments, some patients would reject such an alternative therapy. And Dr. Gloria Yeh, a Beth Israel Deaconess internist and co-author of the editorial, said others “will say, ‘It’s too slow, I can’t do that.’ ”

But she said it offered a “gentler option” for patients deterred by other physical activities. “The mind-body connections set it apart from other exercises,” she said, adding that doctors are seeking “anything we can offer that will make patients say ‘I can really do this.’ ”

Calm Chicago offers Yang taiji, the same taiji practiced by the Tufts study participants. Who can do taiji and enjoy the many benefits? Anybody. Whatever your situation, we can adapt the taiji to fit your abilities. And, you’ll have fun . WHat other medicine can say that?





Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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