TAI CHI CLINICAL RESEARCH

Medical evidence is the best proof of what really works. There have been many recent clinical research studies that have examined the health benefits of Tai Chi exercises.

While not all of the Tai Chi clinical research studies have specifically evaluated Dr. Lamís Tai Chi for Health program, Dr. Lam continues to lead the effort to expand and improve clinical research on Tai Chi for Health. We would like to provide you with four clinical research references:

1. Summary of the "Fall Prevention Study in the Community" by Sydney Central Area Health Promotion Unit Based on the Spring 2005 "Fall Prevention Newsletter" by Sydney South West Area Health Service.

2. Fransen M, Nairn L, Winstanley J, Lam P, Edmonds J : Physical activity for osteoarthritis management: a randomized controlled clinical trial evaluating hydrotherapy or Tai chi classes Arthritis & Rheumatism (Arthritis Care & Research) April 2007, 57:3 pp 407-414.

3. New England Journal of Medicine Feb 2002, the prevalence of diabetes in the United States and the reduction in the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle Intervention or Metformin.

4. A Published Study: Tai Chi for Arthritis By: Rhayun Song, Eun-Ok Lee, Paul Lam, Sang-Cheol Ba. Published in the September 2003 issue of "The Journal of Rheumatology."



CLINICAL RESEARCH ON TAI CHI FOR HEALTH

BY DR. PAUL LAM

Medical evidence is the best proof of what really works. There are now several well de-signed studies which have shown people with arthritis who practice this program were relieved of pain significantly. They discovered more ease and mobility to go about their daily tasks. Their balance was improved with risk of falls reduced. The studies have also shown the program was safe and easy to learn. What's more, most people from the stu-dies felt much better about themselves after having learnt Tai Chi for Arthritis.

A recent study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism found that both hydrotherapy and Tai Chi for Arthritis classes can provide large and sustained improvements in physical function for older, sedentary people with chronic osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip.

The researchers carried out a randomised controlled trial among 152 older people with chronic OA of the hip or knee. Participants attended either Tai Chi for Arthritis classes or hydrotherapy twice per week for 12 weeks. At 12 weeks, compared with controls, the exercise group participants demonstrated significant improvements for pain and physi-cal function scores. These improvements were maintained at 24 weeks.

Fransen M, Nairn L, Winstanley J, Lam P, Edmonds J : Physical activity for osteoarthri-tis management: a randomized controlled clinical trial evaluating hydrotherapy or Tai Chi classes Arthritis & Rheumatism (Arthritis Care & Research) April 2007, 57:3 pp 407-414.

 

CLINICAL RESEARCH

In a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine Feb 2002, the prevalence of diabetes in the United States was estimated to be 6% of the population or 91.8 million people. The study estimated by 2025 10% of the US population will have diabetes. In this study, Reduction in the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle Intervention or Metformin. 3,234 persons with glucose intolerance were randomly assigned to:

* Placebo Group
* Metformin, as an intervention
* Life style changes, gentle exercise and diet

Results: Compared with placebo
* Metformin - 31 percent improvement
* Life style intervention - 58 percent improvement

Conclusion
Gentle exercise and diet can prevent the complications from diabetes by 60%

CLINICAL RESEARCH
A Published Study: Tai Chi for Arthritis