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Today Tai Chi and Qigong are more often practised for health than for self defence, thanks to the fact that they are basically very enjoyable, relaxing exercises that are also very social. There are many human conditions that can benefit from regular practise of these ancient art forms.

A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

Roger Jahnke OMD, Linda Larkey PhD, Carol Rogers, Jennifer Etnier PhD and Fang Lin. PMC 2011 Jul 1

A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi, published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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Impact of Qigong Exercise on Self-Efficacy and Other Cognitive Perceptual Variables in Patients with Essential Hypertension

Myung-Suk Lee, Hyun-Ja Lim, and Myeong Soo Lee. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. August 2004, 10(4): 675-680. doi:10.1089/acm.2004.10.675.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of practicing qigong on middle-age subjects with essential hypertension. Impacts on blood pressure, reported self-efficacy, perceived benefit, and emotion were observed.

Design: Thirty-six (36) adult volunteers were assigned to either a waiting list control or a qigong group that practiced two 30-minute qigong programs per week over 8 consecutive weeks.

Results: Systolic and diastolic blood pressure was significantly reduced in members of the qigong group after 8 weeks of exercise. Significant improvements in self-efficacy and other cognitive perceptual efficacy variables were also documented in the qigong group compared to the original situation described above.

Conclusions: This pilot study demonstrates the positive effects of practicing qigong on controlling blood pressure and enhancing perceptions of self-efficacy.

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