Diabetes and Tai Chi Therapy

January 18th, 2019 by admin

I was quite surprised when I began searching for research on Tai Chi’s benefits for diabetes . . . it was very difficult to come by. Because on its face, Tai Chi seems to possibly offer many benefits to someone with diabetes. Tai Chi is known to stimulate microcirculation in practitioners, and is a highly effective stress management technique, and very gently burns a significant amount of calories. In fact, Tai Chi may actually help the body find homeostatic chemical levels. For example, in a study on sex hormones Tai Chi was found to have a “balancing effect” on the hormonal chemistry of participants, lowering the abnormally high estrogen levels in older men, while raising the abnormally low estrogen levels in older women.

These findings in other research led me to believe that there had probably been substantial research done on Tai Chi & Qigong’s benefits for those with diabetes, given that these findings in other studies at least initially suggest Tai Chi & Qigong may offer much to the diabetes patient. But, as I said, it doesn’t appear there is much out there in terms of “tai chi & qigong as an adjunct diabetes therapy,” at least from Western institutions.

However, a couple of Chinese medical institutions studies had very exciting results. A Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology study found that blood sugar could be lowered successfully by doing QiGong exercises. 42.9 percent of patients in the study were able to take less medicine while having more staple foods. Also, a Nanjing University study found that Tai Chi exercise helped to regulate metabolic disorder of type 2 diabetes mellitus with geriatric obesity by regulating the nervous-endocrine system in the body. So, why isn’t there more Western medical research on this?

Unfortunately, less than one half of one percent of NIH funding goes to research all alternative or “complimentary” health techniques. Meaning that yoga, meditation, herbology, homeopathy, etc. etc. all share that tiny, tiny slice of the NIH funding pie. Until the NIH provides adequate attention / funding for Tai Chi & Qigong (Chi Kung) research, many of the benefits people with various maladies have enjoyed from Tai Chi & Qigong will not be enjoyed by the millions of others with such conditions. Because physicians will lack the knowledge necessary to inform their patients of Tai Chi & Qigong as a possible viable therapeutic option, until adequate research is done.

Never the less, you might ask your doctor to do some research on this for you. But, for now, let’s look at current recommendations for diabetes therapy, and then compare Tai Chi benefits systematically to see if it might be a good therapeutic match for diabetes. As always, I remind everyone not to self-treat. These articles are meant to stimulate a dialogue between you and your physician, and your physician and medical research institutions to lobby on your behalf to get powerful natural health therapies like Tai Chi fully researched so that you have the maximum possible options for your health protocol.

In an article posted on Post Graduate Medicine Online, Dr.s Adam B. Mayerson, MD; Silvio E. Inzucchi, MD, state that “Diet, exercise, and the attainment of ideal body weight are the central components of any therapeutic [type 2 diabetes] regimen . . .”. Tai Chi is proven to be an effective exercise that not only provides cardiovascular benefit (roughly equal to moderate impact aerobics), but surprisingly given Tai Chi’s gentle low impact nature, burns a significant number of calories, in fact more than surfing, and nearly as much as downhill skiing. To achieve such caloric burning benefits, and cardiovascular benefits, with such a gentle exercise as Tai Chi may be important to those with diabetes.

The health site Top5plus5.com’s information on diabetes explained that the type of exercise a patient practices is crucial to their well being, stating “Patients with active diabetic retinopathy should not participate in exercises involving straining or heavy lifting since these activities can provoke eye damage. Patients should also be aware that nerve damage caused by high blood sugar levels can lead to a loss of sensation in the feet, with a subsequent increased risk of blistering and ulceration. Patients with progressive heart damage from high blood sugar should be warned about the risk of sudden heart failure and death.” Tai Chi may offer promise regarding heart health so important to diabetes sufferers. On the 9th of October, 2004, BBC News – Saturday, reported “Tai Chi ‘can treat heart failure.” The British Heart Foundation said the study was “excellent news” and Tai Chi could be adopted into treatment programmes in the UK in the future.” news.bbc.

Again, one should never self-treat, and should always approach all possible therapies in conjunction with their physician. Our articles at World Tai Chi & Qigong Day are meant to stimulate discussion between you and your physician, and hopefully between your physician and health institutions. Our hope is that this will lead to a more realistic apportionment of medical research funding towards Tai Chi & Qigong (Chi Kung), and other natural health therapies. One caution is, we hope that researchers will approach Tai Chi & Qigong with a desire to find out “why it helps many people” rather than with an agenda to prove that it doesn’t work. The way that studies are done is just as important as if studies are done.

Our vision for the future is that physicians too, will begin to discover for themselves what Tai Chi and Qigong health technologies have to offer on a personal level as Tai Chi is increasingly offered through medical universities to aspiring nurses and physicians. The future of healthcare should not be a war between alternative therapies and standard therapies, but an expansion of standard therapies to include whatever works best for the patients. Many in the medical field are great advocates of such a vision, and World Tai Chi & Qigong Day celebrates their efforts.

Copyright 2006 Bill Douglas

How to Affect Brain Functions for Health Therapies

January 11th, 2019 by admin

Most people find it hard to believe that their brain functions can actually dictate how successful they are; it is such kind of thoughts and attitudes that hinder people achieving success in their lives. It is very important for any individual to know the importance their minds have in any activity they carryout in their lives. The brain is the central commanding post of any human activity; an individual brain’s capacity and development dictates how well an individual carries out issues relating to life. People who have mental disorders find it hard to affect details of certain activities without supervision or guide. It is important for individuals to maintain sound lifestyles since they dictate the brain development acts. There are quite a number of mental health therapies available to people who may have some difficulties in their brain functions.

These mental health therapists aid individuals to think in specific ways in order to achieve desired mental cures. Patients visiting such mental therapist are encouraged to access basic information on how their brains work to affect different functions in their bodies.

It is very important to understand that the brain functions are synchronized with the body and soul and that the body and soul reacts to each activity that takes effect in the brain. People who know have slight insights about the functions of the brain get fast recuperation process from diseases than those who know nothing about the functions of the brain. Research has it that a knowledgeable sick individual is able to influence positive affirmation in order to affect cure in their body; a mind that’s hopeful can never be stopped until what’s envisioned is achieved.

There are quite a number of books written on how an individual can attain cure by affecting positive thoughts in their minds, such information are quite helpful to an individual who may be interested in attaining mental cure acts. Reading non fiction books or articles is very effective as the mind responds well to information it easily relates to. It is very important to an individual who may be interested in affecting self development acts to note that results do not happen overnight and that one needs to be consistent and resilient to what they believe is possible. Anyone who gets into therapy without a resilient attitude comes out quite disappointed at the end of the day.

Preparing before getting into any mental therapy sessions in case of self development acts is very important for it determines how first and individual attains the desired result. Taking each day as a step and means of attaining the desired achievement becomes the main source of strength to anyone who may be interested in affecting universal laws in attaining health therapies. How the well the brain functions will often dictate how the mind operates, if one has good brain functions then positive thoughts will always be produced in the mind, production of positive thoughts is the essence of any success an individual may achieve in their lives.

Natural Health Therapy Defined

January 3rd, 2019 by admin

One of the most important things we can have is our health. Strangely, however, as the world advances and becomes smarter in terms of what it knows about our bodies, more people are becoming unhealthy. This is because we all lead naturally unhealthy lifestyles. It is a fact that the majority of people do not take care of their health.

If you look around you, you are likely to see many people who take their health for granted. When they become sick, they realize that they’ve been living an unhealthy lifestyle. Many times, we turn to Western medicine for even the smallest ailments. However, sometimes this can worsen our problem. That is why there is now a move towards natural health.

Natural health is all about being healthy in the most natural way for your body. It’s about being in good health, having good nutrition, and paying attention to what your body needs to be naturally healthy. It is not a new practice, it has actually been around for centuries. You see, keeping your health is how all ancient civilizations kept their people healthy and well.

People with recurring ailments such as body pain, sleepless nights, cough, or people who get sick often can benefit from natural therapies. Following the rules of natural health, natural health therapy is about balancing your system, providing it with the right nourishment it needs in order to bring you back to your natural state of health. This system of healing does not use modern Western medicine, rather it uses much milder methods.

Natural health therapy is always focused on always treating the cause of the problem, and not the symptoms. Sometimes our symptoms are a result of a completely different cause, such as stress, the wrong diet, and improper exercise.

When you sign up for natural health therapy, the therapist will go through your list of ailments and prescribe a good diet, proper exercise, and treatment for you. Some treatments involve getting massages to better blood circulation, or getting acupuncture to stimulate nerves. Other treatments recommend herbal medicine or alternative medicine through teas and natural supplements. You also might be prescribed to take up a yoga or meditation class in order to soothe and heal your mind, which could be the cause behind your poor health.

No matter what is ailing you, natural health therapy can be your answer. It is a mild, natural way to soothe your pain and stop your problems at the source or the cause. It is also a way to live a much healthier lifestyle, which you a long and happy life.

Role of Occupational Therapy in Professional and Personal Life

December 27th, 2018 by admin

Occupational therapy may be defined as a profession, concerned with occupation and health well-being of working individuals. It is considered that there is a very old relationship between occupation and health. Occupation of a person influences his health to a great extent. Many occupational therapists believe that this therapy is indispensable to increase the efficiency of employees, as it enables people to enjoy their work in a better physical and mental working environment.

Occupational therapy aims at providing a sense of satisfaction to the person that also enables him to perform at a great working environment. It removes the hurdles in the way of successful occupation. In the fast moving globalized world the demand of occupational therapists has been increased since last few decades. Occupational therapists are specialist in removing any kind of physical and mental illness of working professionals. The methods used by these therapists such as ergonomic assessment and wheelchair assessment are some exceptional way to reduce the burden and stress of routine work.

Ergonomics assessment enables you to design a proper and compatible workplace needed to work in stress free environment. It also prevents you from repetitive strain injuries and complexity of work. In today’s world ergonomics assessment aims at best possible use of technology at the work place. The use of equipment and then its implementation at the right place is something a normal person cannot do, except an experienced occupational therapist. Ergonomics assessment aims at various issues such as industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, anthropometry, biomechanics, kinesiology, physiology and psychology etc…

Occupational therapists are being capable of removing various other physical and mental problems of human beings such as blindness, a loss of motor skills, trouble coping with stress, autism, stroke, heart attack, brain or spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, drug, hearing loss, and alcohol abuse etc…It also helps in paralysis of some parts or the entire body with the use of beneficial baths and massages with oils and condiments. Occupational therapies are proving very useful in various medical situations. Different occupational therapy is meant for different medical treatment. Some of the application of occupational health therapies is inpatient rehabilitation, Acute Care hospitals, Home health, outpatient clinics, hospices and specialist assessment centers.