Big number alert! Looks like a study in May 2012 showed a 70% reduction (!!) in the odds of developing cognitive decline by practicing taiji…even I was surprised.
“Fifty-four percent of the Tai Chi group and 78% of the stretching and toning group (the control group) completed the study. The Tai Chi group showed a 70% decrease in the odds of developing dementia over a year. They also showed better cognitive functioning and less depression than the control group.” from Robert J. Rowen, MD
I don’t have a direct link to the research yet, if you find it let me know! But here’s the link to the newsletter discussing the findings.
From the title, ’Few complementary therapies help arthritis’, I opened the link to this January 2013 BBC article thinking “uh, oh.” Lucky for us, Taiji is still proving to be extremely valuable self-care!
“Few complementary therapies appear to help musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, say experts who have looked at the available trial evidence. Most alternative treatments have either not been scientifically tested or subjected to limited investigations, says Arthritis Research UK. Of 25 therapies, only a handful were judged to have enough medical evidence to support their use.
These included acupuncture, massage, tai chi and yoga.”
Here’s the full article…