Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tai Chi or Qigong Anyone?

Today, the last Saturday of April is World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.

This special day recognizes medical research concerning health benefits of these similar disciplines. There has been interest in helping seniors, Parkinson's disease, and fibromyalgia.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a section of the National Institutes of Health, has a web page dedicated to tai chi. It provides a general overview of this "moving meditation," including health, beliefs, and research information.

The Qigong Institute has a short documentary and an interview with the founder. The site tells how qigong and energy medicine improves longevity and stress reduction.

Both of these ancient Chinese martial arts are finding growing popularity in the US. They combine discipline and low-impact exercise building inner health.

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