T’Ai Chi Chih, an Evidence Based Mindfulness Practice: Literature Review

23 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2017  

Marilyn Anita Vestal

Nova Southeastern University - Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Date Written: January 19, 2017

Abstract

T’ai Chi Chih (TCC) is a moving meditation positively associated with physiological and psychological conditions, such as immunity to shingles virus, reduction in inflammatory markers, decrease in sympathetic nervous system, geriatric depression and chronic diseases in cancer survivors. Consisting of 19 repetitive movements and one pose, TCC is easy to learn and particularly accessible to the aging population. It is taught by accredited instructors who have completed an intensive training that is standardized worldwide. 

This review includes all published randomized controlled trials (RCT) studies focused on TCC to date. Results are summarized and methodology is described. Of particular interest is researchers’ notes stating why TCC was selected as the control intervention and how the study participants responded. As an accredited teacher of TCC, the author comments on the usefulness of the practice as an evidence based mindfulness practice. Furthermore, ongoing studies are suggested using TCC for quality of life and lifestyle issues, social, emotional and psychological conditions, and research on specific populations that may benefit from TCC.

Keywords: T’ai Chi Chih, moving meditation, mindfulness, alternative therapy, relaxation

Suggested Citation

Vestal, Marilyn Anita, T’Ai Chi Chih, an Evidence Based Mindfulness Practice: Literature Review (January 19, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2906597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2906597

Marilyn Anita Vestal (Contact Author)

Nova Southeastern University - Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences ( email )

United States

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