Tai Chi promotes health and well-being.

Master Henry Cheng has written many articles on health and Tai Chi.

* Goals of Tai Chi
* Tai Chi Basic Postures 
* Tai Chi for Mature Adults

> Click here to open the article (pdf document)

This  was published by the International Council on Active Aging

Tai Chi Health & Fitness Research!

Learn to flow through life with a positive attitude, improve your health, stress level, energy, and happiness.

You can improve your health, emotional well being, stress level, and energy. Learn preventative health measures. Learn how to enhance your recovery from an accident or illnesses such as Arthritis, Parkinson’s, or Multiple Sclerosis. Improve your strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and concentration.

In Just a few short weeks changes happen! You will learn to listen to your body, experience your energy,  improve your self esteem and enhance your overall well-being.

Reduce Your Stress!

Don’t let stress ruin your life

Stress affects us all – from the young to the very old, whether you are rich or poor. We get stressed out about the economy, work, school and relationships.

While performing Tai Chi, you will slowly drift into a state of relaxation: stress, anxiety and tension will disappear from your mind and body.

“Tai Chi: Improved stress reduction, balance, agility” 
Web site: Mayo Clinic – read more

Stress Relief Class at the Tai Chi Wellness Center
The Stress Relief Class is available as private lessons for individuals and small groups; at his center, offsite and corporate training events.

Please call (858) 232-2939 for more details

> Click here to view the Beginning Qigong Stress Relief Class flyer (pdf docment)

Stay Young!

Discover the power

No matter how old you are, you are getting older everyday. It’s not easy to find a program that will help you feel younger, stay in shape, and is proven to help people without the risk of injury.

When doctors and chiropractors recommend a certain program that shows results– that is worth looking into.

If you have high blood pressure check out the link below to read how this program can help you.

“Stay Young with Tai Chi” and “My blood pressure dropped” 
Web site: Prevention Magazine – read more

Reduce pain from an injury!

People who have injured themselves from sports or accidents have found that performing Tai Chi has been very beneficial in relaxing muscles, reducing pain and comforting the mind.

If you want to stay in shape after an injury and not risk another injury, try Tai Chi. Tai Chi is suitable for all age groups.

“Tai Chi – Relieving a Painful Shoulder Injury” 
Web site: Positive Health Magazine – read more

Healing Power!

Tai Chi Proven To Have Healing Power

This is a story of a woman who suffered for years after a car accident in which she broke her back, and injured her leg and knee. She then learned how to relax her body and mind while building a tremendous amount of energy in the body.

“Tai Chi Proven To Have Healing Power” 
Web site: Channel 10 News, San Diego – read more

Find relief from, Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions!

How to find relief and stay fit

“Doctors recommend Tai Chi for people with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions because it improves flexibility and builds muscle strength gradually.” There have been many studies done over the years proving that Tai Chi has many benefits for people who suffer from Arthritis. A local Tai Chi Master, Henry Cheng, has developed a special curriculum, Tai Chi for Arthritis, while working closely with the National Arthritis Foundation and the YMCA of San Diego County.

“Tai Chi with slow movements as fluid as silk, the gentle Chinese practice of Tai Chi seems tailor-made for easing sore joints and muscles.” 
Web site: Arthritis Foundation – read more

Master Cheng is also a member of the IDEA Health & Fitness Association. 
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Reduce Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder!

ADHD and Adolescents

At the Miami University School of Medicine a study of 13 adolescents with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder was conducted. After participating in tai chi classes twice a week for five weeks, the teenagers improved by a having less anxiety, daydreaming, inappropriate emotions and hyperactivity, and better conduct.

“Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Benefits from Tai Chi ” 
Written by University of Miami School of Medicine
Abstract Version 
Web site: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
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How Can Tai Chi Offer the World a New Generation of Geniuses?
Issues regarding ADHD, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder 
Web site: worldtaichiday
read more

Fight Breast Cancer!

We can win the battle

Breast Cancer has affected the majority of American lives. Just take a moment and think about it. I know for myself my sister and cousin fought the battle of breast cancer and won!

Most people know a mother, sister, family member or friend who has or had breast cancer. We can do something about it. Whether it’s informing ourselves and others how to prevent breast cancer, living with breast cancer, giving or receiving support; the more we know, the better we can fight this battle and win. One of the joys in life is giving of yourself and what better way than walking for breast cancer and meeting many courageous and wonderful people. Below is a list of a few helpful sites that will give you more knowledge about breast cancer.

Breastcancer.org, a nonprofit organization, has done a research study on Tai Chi and women with breast cancer: This 2004 study was done at the Wilmot Cancer Center in Rochester, NY and the study showed significant improvement in self-esteem and quality of life when compared with the women in the psychosocial support group.

“Tai chi for women recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer” 
Web site: Breast Cancer – read more

Since 1980 Tai Chi Master Cheng has lived in San Diego, California, taught numerous classes, and conducted seminars and workshops at many organizations including Sidney Kimmel Cancer Research Center, The Arthritis Foundation and numerous universities, colleges, hospitals, and clinics.- read more

Combat Degenerative Nerve Disease!

How to improve your health

A professor of kinesiology at LSU did a study of Degenerative Nerve Disease and Tai Chi. The results show that many people increased their confidence in walking, standing and were able to stop using their canes and walkers. Tai Chi has been around for many centuries and has been proven to help with many health problems.

“Professor Uses Tai Chi to Fight Degenerative Nerve Disease” 
Web site: Science Daily – read more

Improve control of Diabetes!

Tai Chi can help control type 2 diabetes

A research team did a 12 week study with patients with type 2 diabetes along with 30 other people that were the same age group. After the 12 week program the diabetic patients glycated haemoglobin levels fell significantly from 7.59% to 7.16.

Strenuous physical activity depresses the immune system response, but a moderate exercise like Tai Chi seems to have the opposite effect. 

“Tai Chi Exercises Improve Type 2 Diabetes Control, Study Suggests” 
Web site: Science Daily
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“Tai Chi Chuan Exercise Decreases A1C Levels Along With Increase of Regulatory T-Cells and Decrease of Cytotoxic T-Cell Population in Type 2 Diabetic Patients
By the American Diabetes Association
Web site: Diabetes Care 
read more

Parkinson’s Disease!

Tai Chi Therapy slows progression of Parkinson’s

If you have Parkinson’s Disease, moving every part of your body on a regular basis will help to slow down the progress of the disease.

Tai Chi is a gentle movement of the whole body, plus a powerful balance and coordination enhancing exercise.

The American Parkinson’s Disease Association at Stanford University Medical Center along with many other medical centers now offers Tai Chi classes.

“Parkinson’s Disease & Tai Chi Therapy” 
Web site: World Wide Health – read more

Seniors Health!

Baby boomers and seniors staying healthy in San Diego

When it comes to baby boomers and seniors there is no better exercise in the world than Tai Chi. You will maximize your energy, balance, stability while reducing stress and stimulating the healing of internal organs. Tai Chi challenges your brain to build new sensory patterns that promote health and reduce stiffness and muscular weakness, and also helps to improve balance, which will reduce the risk of falling.

Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise which looks like Karate in slow motion. The gentle choreography rotates the body in 95% of the ways it was intended to move. The best balancing exercise known, Tai Chi also lubricates joints so it’s great for seniors. It improves coordination, mental focus, and flexibility so it’s great for athletes. Research shows it is also very beneficial for children.

“Get with the Tai Chi Program” (you are never too old)
80-year-old woman still going strong and steady even after an auto accident.
Web site: USA Today
read more

“Tai Chi Chuan Improves Balance Control in Older Adults” 
Web site: Bentham Science Publishers – read more

“Tai Chi Boosts Immunity to Shingles Virus in Older Adults”
Web site: NCCAM – National Institutes of Health
read more

Health & Fitness Research!

Research on Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Health Purposes

There have been many studies and articles written about the health benefits of Tai Chi.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). They are one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Read an overview of Tai Chi on the NCCAM web site to learn more about

    * Tai Chi for Health Purposes
    * Key Points
    * A Description of Tai Chi
    * Other Key Beliefs in Tai Chi
    * Specific Health Purposes
    * Side Effects and Risks
    * Licensing, Training, and Credentialing
    * Tai Chi as a Part of CAM
    * Some Points of Controversy
    * NCCAM-Funded Research on Tai Chi
    * References
    * For More Information

“Funded Research on Tai Chi” 
Web site: The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) – read more

More Research links

47 studies found that Tai Chi promotes better health in balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness
Tuffs University, Boston, MA
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Tai Chi at Harvard University
Master helps others harness ‘chi’ for health and healing
read more

“Tai Chi fastest growing fitness and health maintenance
activities in the U.S.”

Web site: wikipedia.org (under) Modern Tai Chi
read more

“Why Tai Chi Is the Perfect Exercise” 
Web site: Time Magazine
read more

“Try Tai Chi for Your Health” 
Web site: Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins has been ranked America’s #1 Best Hospital for the past 17 years
read more

“What are tai chi and qi gong [qigong]?” 
Web site: MSN health & fitness
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Qi Gong [qigong] and Tai Chi: promoting practices that promote healthy aging
Web site: The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
read more

Note: Many fitness programs are not regulated by the state or federal government. For this reason Master Henry Cheng wrote and published “Choosing a Tai Chi Teacher” to help people understand the importance of finding a professional well educated teacher or master.

Choosing a Tai Chi Teacher 
Written by Master Henry Cheng, a Fifth Generation Tai Chi Master
Tai Chi Wellness Center, San Diego, California
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Research and links are from: the Mayo Clinic, Prevention Magazine, Positive Health Magazine, NBC San Diego, Arthritis Foundation, University of Miami School of Medicine, Breast Cancer web site, Science Daily, American Diabetes Association, World Wide Health, USA Today, Bentham Science Publishers, Sharp Hospital, The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Tuffs University, Boston, MA, Harvard University, Time Magazine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, MSN health & fitness and The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

All information on this web site is not intended as medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding any medical concerns or conditions.