Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health Publications calls Tai Chi "medication in motion". The article explains how Tai Chi when combined with standard treatment is helpful for a range of conditions including arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, sleep problems, and stroke.
Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research provides fascinating insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi actually works.
"Tai chi is often described as 'meditation in motion,' but it might well be called 'medication in motion.' There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems, including arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, sleep problems, and stroke. Harvard Medical School, Harvard Health Publications, May, 2009
'Alternative' Medicine Is Mainstream -The evidence is mounting that diet and lifestyle (including practices such as Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga) are the best cures for our worst afflictions. Wall Street Journal, January 9, 2009
"The face of exercise is changing in America... Instead of relentlessly pursuing a sculptured physique, people are chasing longevity, stress reduction and improved health through mind-body practices like qigong. The realm of working out has shifted from people just wanting to build bulk and lean, toned muscles to them understanding that the inner health of the body is just as important as the outer health." New York Times April 5, 2007
A 2007 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society describes the "striking immunity-boosting effect" of Tai Chi, the most well-known moving form of Qigong. Tai Chi "builds aerobic conditioning. It relaxes the body's response to stress, which tends to intensify as people age. And it increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain". Los Angeles Times April 24, 2007
"Tai chi, the most famous branch of Qigong, or exercises that harness the qi (life energy, pronounced "chee"), has been linked to health benefits for virtually everyone from children to seniors.." US News & World Report, November 26, 2010
Qigong Study Trips to Asia in 2013
Thailand: March 26 - April 8
China: September 16 - 30
Bali: October 10-22
Group trips can be effective ways to further your personal Qigong practice and learn more from a deep, cultural experience. Francesco Garripoli & Daisy Lee have been leading Qigong Group Study & Healing Trips to powerful places around the world including China, Thailand, India, and Bhutan since the mid-1990's and their trips have facilitated hundreds to learn more about Qigong and apply it to their life.
"The founding of the Qigong Institute was a natural outgrowth of my interest in promoting Qigong. The goal of the Qigong Institute is to promote the scientific understanding of the basis of Qigong". Dr. Ken Sancier.
Qigong Institute Chairman of the Board Francesco Garripoli and President Tom Rogers give a short introduction to the Qigong Institute and its website.
Mary L. Durham, PhD, head of Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research, explains that “stress in the workplace is an enormous burden – not just for employees but on companies as well.” She cites the fact that after heart disease, stress is the second-most disabling illness for workers, with an annual price tag of more than $300 billion in lost work time, health care costs, and stress reduction efforts.
Spending too much $$$ on healthcare for your employees? Can't get enough exercise because you're working too much? Want to know how to reduce stress? Listen to Dr. Roger Jahnke talk about how to live and work with less stress by doing Qigong now.
CFO's, HR Executives, Benefit Managers, Medical Directors, and Wellness Professionals should see the American Institute for Preventative Medicine's wellness whitepaper: The Health and Economic Implications of Worksite Wellness Programs (view as webpage or .pdf). This paper clearly justifies the economic and health benefits of WORKSITE WELLNESS PROGRAMS such as those incorporating Qigong and mind-body practices.
Meditation by phone found effective for corporations. Findings suggest that a meditation program delivered via phone can be a low cost, feasible, and scalable intervention that shows positive impact on health and well-being, and could allow meditation to be delivered to employees who are otherwise unable to access traditional, on-site programs.
Buddhist Meditation: A Management Skill?
A handful of executive MBA programs around the country — from Harvard to Michigan's Ross School of Business — are teaching students Buddhist meditation techniques. It's not necessarily about teaching spirituality, but focus. There's no way to quantify whether learning how to be centered during a stressful business meeting is balancing the bottom lines at companies. But students say slowing down does help them be more effective.
Meditation finds an ommm in the office. Managers are promoting mental-awareness techniques to help employees cut stress and improve communication. And executives are finding meditation helps them stay cool under fire.