Practising the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan dramatically reduces the effects of depression, according to a recent report published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Older people according to the recent study, can benefit greatly from Tai Chi’s non impact slow movements, rhythmic breathing and meditative qualities. The recent news about studying Tai Chi comes hot on the heels of previous studies, which concluded that this intriguing martial art also benefits patients suffering with arthritis and fibromyalgia (pain in the muscles and connective tissue).
Mental health issues in the over sixties has become a major cause of concern in the western world, with millions of people experiencing depression in their later years and with suicides on the increase in the older generation it can seriously impact peoples lives and the lives of their families.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), closely monitored the improvement to depressed seniors taking weekly Tai Chi classes against those receiving standard depression treatment involving medication.
The results discovered that not only did the group taking regular Tai Chi classes show a marked improvement in depression levels but they also had better memory and awareness and an overall increase in energy levels.
These recent findings are probably nothing new to the millions of people around the world, both young and old, who already study this wonderful martial art but hopefully it will help the western world realise the benefit of taking regular exercise.
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