Experiments on scientific resolution of Taichi-quan practice

Author: Hidetsugu KATSURAGAWA1, Kimiko KAWANO1,2,3 Hideyuki KOKUBO1,3, Mikio YAMAMOTO1,3, Shuichi HASHIZUME4, Akihiko KAMADA5 and Tsuneo WATANABE1
1. Center for the Environmental Study of Life and Mind, Faculty of Science, Toho University (Chiba, Japan) 2. Centre for Informatics and Sciences, Nippon Medical School (Tokyo, Japan) 3. Institute for Living Body Measurements, International Research Institute (Chiba, Japan) 4 .Research Institute, Morinaga & Co., Ltd. (Kanagawa, Japan) 5 .Iritech Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan)
Conference/Journal: J. Intl. Soc. life Info. Sci.
Date published: 2008 Mar
Other: Volume ID: 26 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 123 , Word Count: 94

Taichi-quan is a kind of traditional kung fu and self defense martial arts. Today, it is widely liked by many people as an exercise for promoting health and it combines consciousness, respiration and movement. As Taichi-quan takes account of consciousness and respiration it is sometimes compared to Zen meditation and is called moving Zen.But scientific data on the effectiveness of Taichi-quan are lacking. Measurements of EEGs, respiration, salivary chromogranin A (CgA), pupillograms, near infrared spectroscopy (f-NIRS) and electro-dermal-activity (EDA) were carried out during Taichi-quan practice to resolve scientifically the question of its effectiveness.