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T’ai Chi Chih, an Evidence Based Mindfulness Practice

Sympathetic nervous system activity


Tai Chi Chih acutely decreases sympathetic nervous system activity in older adults.
Motivala SJ, Sollers J, Thayer J, Irwin MR.

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2006 Nov;61(11):1177-80.

Shingles immunity

Shingles Immunity and Health Functioning in the Elderly: Tai Chi Chih as a Behavioral Treatment.
Irwin M, Pike J, Oxman M.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2004 Dec;1(3):223-232. Epub 2004 Dec 1.

Effects of Tai Chi Chih on varicella-zoster virus

T'ai Chi Chih as exercise for older adults

Tai Chi Chih: an exercise option for older adults.
Schaller KJ.
J Gerontol Nurs. 1996 Oct;22(10):12-7.

Improved sleep

Improved Sleep Quality in Older Adults with Moderate Sleep Complaints: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Tai Chi Chih
Michael R. Irwin, MD: Richard Olmstead, PhD; Sarosh J. Motivala, PhD


Tai Chi Chih Compared With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Insomnia in Survivors of Brest Cancer: A Randomized, Partially Blinded, Noninferiority Trial


Michael R. Irwin, Richard Olmstead, Carmen Carrillo, Nina Sadeghi, Perry Nicassio, Patricia A. Ganz, and Julienne E. Bower

All authors: University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Ca.

Tai Chi Chih augments treatment of geriatric depression

Complementary Use of Tai Chi Chih Augments Escitalopram Treatment of Geriatric Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Helen Lavretsky, M.D., M.S., Lily L. Alstein, Ph.D., Richard E. Olmstead, Ph.D., Linda M. Ercoli, Ph.D., Marquertie Riparetti-Brown, B.S., Natalie St. Cyr, B.A., Michael R. Irwin, M.D. so everybody benefits.