Friday, August 20, 2010

Tai chi helps Fibromyalgia- England Journal of Medicine

New study published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows Tai chi helps in Fibromyalgia- a disease characterized by chronic widespread pain throughout the body - in the muscle and connective tissue.

The New York Times writes:

The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

A clinical trial at Tufts Medical Center found that after 12 weeks of tai chi, patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, did significantly better in measurements of pain, fatigue, physical functioning, sleeplessness and depression than a comparable group given stretching exercises and wellness education. Tai chi patients were also more likely to sustain improvement three months later.

“It’s an impressive finding,” said Dr. Daniel Solomon, chief of clinical research in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who was not involved in the research. “This was a well-done study. It was kind of amazing that the effects seem to carry over.” More>>

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Messages from water

'Be Like Water my friend'.

Water is a model and an inspiration for Tai chi chuan - its softness, formlessness, its lowness. But also its power as it conquers hardness (rock included).

Water also flows around, and have curves.

But in addition to what we know about water, there is fascinating results from the experiments from Dr. Masaru Emoto with water.

Basically water respond to words, intentions and even music. In the image above, "Love and Gratitude" is pasted to the container holding the water.

This is a further insights gained about the wisdom of using helpful words towards yourself (and others). As we have taught for the past 2 decades (since 1980's)- words can help you or hurt you; so choose words that help.

Watch the interview with Dr Emoto: