ARTICLE: Research shows vagus nerve stimulation can help reduce inflammation

Of course, they are talking about implanting a device in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but why don’t they look into tai chi and qigong doing similar stimulation and results, especially since this article talks about deep breathing, meditation, and even yoga. Oh yeah, that’s right, that’s what we’re doing when we do tai chi! Better take notes.

Article: Tai Chi increases brain size, benefits cognition of Chinese elderly

Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Article: Another study about cognitive abilities in older people

Well, they don’t mention tai chi and qigong in this one, but I’ll just go ahead and say it; “Do tai chi and qigong to give that old polipoprotein E (APOE) gene the hard time it deserve.”

“Mentally stimulating activities perhaps in combination with known healthy life styles such as exercise are simple and inexpensive activities that can potentially protect people against the development of mild cognitive impairment,” said senior study author Dr. Yonas E. Geda

ARTICLE: The Link Between Stress And Heart Disease May Lie In The Brain

This article is in Forbes magazine, written by Alice Walton. Findings in a study reported on in the Lancet link the brain to stress and heart disease, with inflammation in the arteries as a major symptom. Duh…I suspect as much when I suffered from migraines as a teenager. It’s taken 50 years for science to catch up, but I’m glad it’s coming round to greater grasp by researchers.

The article concludes that “Exercise, meditation, talk therapy and other methods have been shown to be effective.” Well, I suggest doing tai chi. Why? For one reason, for the busy A personalities among us, is Tai Chi is a meditation and exercise wrapped up into a single activity. How’s that for multi-tasking?

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Dementia instances reduced by education, study reveals

You might want to consider thinking of tai chi and qigong as part of your overall “education” as tools to ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s as you age. According to a report on NPR’s Health Shots this week, the degree of education one has has been shown to influence the chances you have of suffering from dementia and thus Alzheimer’s. Here’s a quote from the article, which can alos be heard as audio at

“One is that education might actually change the brain itself,” Langa says. “We think that it actually creates more, and more complicated, connections between the nerve cells so that you’re able to keep thinking normally later into life.”

Education can not only change the brain, it can change your whole life, says Haaga.

Nothing, in my view and experience, changes the brain as constructively as tai chi and qigong. How you use your mind to learn the sequences of moves if central to cultivating the large number of benefits that they are known for producing.

Research show how the brain encodes memory sequentially

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Recently reported research findings suggest to me that learning tai chi relates to how neurons are “fired up” when working to recall what researchers refer to as “multiple events” and the sequence in which they are remembered. In my view, learning tai chi and qigong sets are like recalling moves (or “events”) in a particular order. Maybe this offers a little insight into the how your brain works and how you learn tai chi and qigong sequences.

“We’ve known for some time that neurons increase their activity when we encode memories. What our study shows is there’s a rhythm to how they fire in relation to one another — much like different instruments in a symphony orchestra,” says the lead researcher in a study done at New York University.

This relates to the rhythm that practice in tai chi and qigong. Rhythm and repetition enhance memory, correlating with brain neuronal activity. Fascinating stuff. I thought tai chi practitioners might enjoy reading this article. It’s brief and has references.


12 Key Exercises for Brain Health

How to use movement to activate the brain. Once you activate the brain “it
likes it!” there are five ways to activate the brain. Shifu Matthews talks about this and more in this brief video clip from her youtbue channel.