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Introduction to Qigong & Tai Chi for Self Care

Mary Pinkard, M. Ed., NQA Professional Level II

January 19, 2023


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This webinar was provided by the Central East PTTC. The Central East ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC are programs managed by the Danya Institute.


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Qigong & Tai Chi Studies:

  • A Study on Practicing Qigong and Getting Better Health Benefits in Biophilic Urban Green Spaces https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/4/1692
  • Qigong and Tai Chi as Therapeutic Exercise: Survey of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Addressing Physical Health Conditions https://www.proquest.com/openview/bbb0693e6b9f5fc58a308d5eae5d96ca/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&&;cbl=32528
    • “A growing body of evidence supports qigong and tai chi performed as qigong as valid complementary or alternative therapeutic exercises. Many aspects of the clinical study and application in this area remain to be explored.” (Altern Ther Health Med. 2019;25(5):48-53.)
  • Meditative Movement, Energetic, and Physical Analyses of Three Qigong Exercises: Unification of Eastern and Western Mechanistic Exercise Theory https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6320/4/4/69
  • Qigong for the Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation of COVID-19 Infection in Older Adults https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1064748120303419
  • Tai Chi and Qigong for the Treatment and Prevention of Mental Disorders https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3917559/
    • (Key Points):Tai Chi and Qigong are evidence-based approaches to improve health-related quality of life, and they may be effective for a range of physical health conditions. Evidence from randomized controlled trials suggests that Tai Chi and Qigong may be effective in reducing depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety, and mood disturbances. Minimal research supports Tai Chi and Qigong as promising treatments for Parkinson disease, traumatic brain injury, insomnia, substance abuse, and cognitive impairment. Indications for Tai Chi and Qigong include inadequate response to other evidence-based treatments, physical comorbidities known to be responsive to Tai Chi and Qigong, patients interested in exercise-based or mindfulness-based interventions, and in geriatric patients who are more susceptible to adverse effects from pharmacologic therapies.
  • Tai Chi and Qigong for cancer-related symptoms and quality of life: a systematic review and meta-analysis https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11764-017-0665-5


Benefits of Tai Chi:


Different types of mediation and the brain:


Benefits in pain reduction, sleep, physical and mental function:


One Doctor’s Personal Health Journey with Qigong:




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