Tai Chi and Depression improved mood, self esteem and confidence, as well as less stress, more motivation, better sleeping patterns, improved breathing, and a more positive outlook on life. A study which assessed This ancient art as a treatment for depression and diabetes showed that both conditions could be improved by a mind-body therapy.like Tai Chi.
At a time when depression currently affects around 20 percent of the population is increasing, the results of this study look promising.
A three month trial was run from Queensland University and was funded by the Diabetes Australia Research Trust.
Dr Liu Xin is an expert in mind body therapy and designed a Tai Chi programme specifically for depression and diabetes.
There were 52 participants involved in the study, most of whom had diabetes with the rest classed as pre-diabetic.
At the end of the trial, the percentage of people showing signs of clinical depression decreased from 60 percent to 20 percent, but BMI (body mass index) and waist circumference measurements also decreased too and this was using just Tai Chi exercise alone.
“Without involvement of any dietary intervention and high intensity training,impressive results where seen over a short period of time, Dr Liu said.
“In addition to the improvements in depression and obesity, the results of the study also show that this specific program has a beneficial effect on indicators of blood glucose control (decreased by 6 percent), hypertension (decreased by 9 percent and 12 percent in systolic and diastolic blood pressure respectively) and insulin resistance (decreased by 20 percent),” he said.
Other positive effects reported by those who have tried the programme include improved mood, self esteem and confidence, as well as less stress, more motivation, better sleeping patterns, improved breathing, and a more positive outlook on life in general.
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