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health care system provides treatment for a wide variety of ailments.
We have developed methods effective in treating acute and chronic
health problems with sophistication and success. However, the
methods of providing treatment have focused on interventions following
the development of ailments. This approach dictates that the method
of treatment be drastic or invasive.
there is a revived interest in self care and a growing sense of
responsibility for one's health and sense of well being, This
shift in responsibility from the health care system to the health
care consumer has inspired a search for methods of self-care that
can accommodate this growing emphasis on the prevention of health
Chi Ch'uan, a Chinese system of self health care developed through
the last five hundred years, is being discovered by people
who are personally interested in their health. Based on the principle
that stress is a major cause of illness, Tai Chi Ch'uan encourages
relaxation through exercise to reduce stress and enhance health.
is a recognized factor in many diseases. Data abounds connecting
the etiology of heart disease, arthritis, peptic ulcer, hypertension.
tension headaches. asthma and ulcerative colitis to the intensity
and chronicity of stress. Hospitals and health clinics teach several
methods of stress reduction to help clients eliminate or alleviate
symptoms of these diseases. Attempts to reduce stress through
the practice of meditation have been successful. Research focusing
on the physiological effects of meditation has revealed the relaxing
quality of alpha brain waves produced through meditation. One's
ability to control
one's consciousness by producing the alpha state is useful in
stress reduction and the prevention of illness. Therefore, meditation
is frequently recommended by health care professionals in the
treatment of stress-related diseases. Clients find that through
meditation they are often able to reduce symptoms or prevent recurring
Chi Ch'uan as meditation in action blends exercise and concentration
in harmony to strengthen the body as one learns to relax. Tai
Chi Ch'uan can be practiced a few minutes daily to maintain and
foster health and prevent the development of illness.
a health care provider and a practitioner of Tai Chi Ch'uan, I
have experienced and observed the benefits of the daily practice
of this art. Tai Chi Ch'uan has also been useful in my psycho-therapy
practice as a means to help clients achieve a greater sense of
self awareness. I recommend this art as a useful too! for the
development of a strong and flexible body and mind.
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