Treatment of Tactile Impairment in Young Children with Autism: Results with Qigong Massage

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR, USA


Outcomes: Results demonstrate that tactile impairment in young children with autism is treatable with a qigong massage protocol. The direct relationship between tactile impairment and self-regulatory delay pretreatment, and the proportional decrease of both following treatment, suggest that tactile impairment is a cause of self-regulatory delay, and that qigong massage is a promising avenue to improve developmental outcomes in autism.

Tai Chi and Qigong for the treatment and prevention of mental disorders

Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA, USA, and Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Outcomes: Tai Chi and Qigong are traditional Chinese exercises that are widely practiced for their health benefits and as martial arts. Evidence suggests that these practices may be effective at treating a range of physical health conditions, and at improving health-related quality of life. There is growing interest in the use of Tai Chi and Qigong to treat mental disorders, because they are noninvasive, exercise-based therapies, and because patients with mental disorders frequently use complementary and alternative medicine. Evidence is promising that these treatments may be effective in reducing depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety, and mood disturbances.

Feasibility, qualitative findings and satisfaction of a brief Tai Chi mind–body programme for veterans with post-traumatic stress symptoms

National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA, and Division of Rheumatology, Center for Integrative Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA


Outcomes: Tai Chi appears to be feasible and safe for veterans with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is perceived to be beneficial and is associated with high rates of satisfaction. This study highlights the need for future investigation of Tai Chi as a novel intervention to address symptoms of PTSD.

Changes in self-reported symptoms of depression and physical well-being in healthy individuals following a Taiji beginner course – Results of a randomized controlled trial

University of Bern Institute of Complementary Medicine IKOM, Bern, Switzerland and Goethe-University Frankfurt Institute of Sports Medicine, Frankfurt, Germany.


Outcomes: Conclusion – In this randomized controlled trial, we found significant evidence that a Taiji beginner course of 3 months duration elicits positive effects with respect to physical well-being in healthy individuals, with improvements pronouncing over time. Physical well-being was shown to have a strong relationship with depressive symptoms. Based on these results, the consideration of Taiji as one therapeutic option in the development of multimodal approaches in the prevention of depression seems justifiable.

Complementary Use of Tai Chi Chih Augments Escitalopram Treatment of Geriatric Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA


Outcomes: Complementary use of a mind–body exercise, such as Tai Chi Chih (TCC), may provide additional improvements of clinical outcomes in the pharmacologic treatment of geriatric depression.

Impact of Short- and Long-term Tai Chi Mind-Body Exercise Training on Cognitive Function in Healthy Adults: Results From a Hybrid Observational Study and Randomized Trial

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, United States , and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


Outcomes: In healthy non-sedentary adults, long-term Tai Chi (TC) training may help preserve cognitive function; however, the effect of short-term TC training in healthy adults remains unclear.