Due to the Chinese medicine, most health problems originate from
the unbalance between Yin and Yang in bodies. More specifically, a balanced
Yin and Yang accompanies a unblocked flow of one's qi(the energy of life).
Because of the nature of modern life, less phycical work, more office work,
people develop tension because of the almost unchanged posture for hours in a day.
Such a tension causes headace, digestion disorder, sleep disorder, high blood
pressure, drug abuse and even mental illness, and these problems further deteriorate one's body and
sprit and speed up one's death. Taichi teaches one how to regain control of one's
body through one's own will to relax. One could find peace, health and even ways to
defend oneself from other's attack.
Zenong Ding's original reason to learn Taichi
I got a terrible headace which prevented me from concentrating on anything for over
a half hour in a day. Doctors did not know how to deal with it. I tried various sports
which did not help. One day I went to visit my father who lived 4 hour drive from me, he
taught me the simplified form in hours. I practised it every day for a week, and felt better
about my headace. Latter I learned the Yang style traditional long from my master's son and
became an indoor student of Mogen Lin and learned every aspect of Yang style Taichi. In addition to my
headace, my sour back, digestion system problems all were gone. Furthermore Taichi changed me
to be a martial artist I never dreamed of. Taichi makes the way a thing should be.
High blood pressure is one of the main causes of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Moreover,
cardiovascular diseases and strokes are the main causes of death in China today. According to
a national Chinese health investigation conducted from 1979 to 1980, over 4 million people
living in 29 provinces and cities were surveyed as to the condition of their blood pressure.
An average of 7.73 percent of the people in the survey had high blood pressure and/or were near
the critical point of high blood pressure. Based on the above percentage, there were at least
80 million people with high blood pressure in China at the time of the investigation.
The past few years have seen a rapid growth in the economy and environmental influences, with
it's fast pace of work, and changing eating habits has lead to a gradual increase in people with
high blood pressure. The National Heart and Brain Disease Research Association conducted a study
of 21,189 randomly selected people 15 years and older in several districts in Shanghai between
September and November 1991. The researchers calculated that 12.69 percent of these people had
high blood pressure. Based on the calculations of this study, there were over 140 million people
in China with high blood pressure at that period.
A few years ago, Dr. Mei Ying Sheng with the aid of three prominent medical doctors organized a
blood pressure investigation at five various Yang style Taijiquan posts in the city of Le Shan,
Si Chuan Province. A group of 220 people ages 40 and older (average age was 58.1 years old) were
selected to participate in Taijiquan for one year every morning. Before and after each practice
session, the change in blood pressure of the participants was measured and recorded. The
participants were divided into separate groups based upon their blood pressure history before
the commencement of the investigation. The following lists blood pressure data based on the
High Blood Pressure Group: greater than 160 millimeter Mercury (mm Hg) (systolic pressure) over
95 mmHg (diastolic pressure).
* Borderline High Blood Pressure Group: those who were bordering between high and normal
* Normal Blood Pressure Group: less than 140 mm Hg (systolic pressure) over 90 mmHg (diastolic pressure).
* Participants whose blood pressure had changed at the onset of the investigation were then placed in the appropriate group.
Among 60 people who had a history of high blood pressure prior to participating in the
Taijiquan/blood pressure study, the blood pressure of the majority was above 180/100 mm Hg.
Even though they were being treated with medication to control their high blood pressure, there
was a percentage within the group who had to be hospitalized to control their blood pressure.
After a few months of practicing Taijiquan, however, this group did not need to enter a hospital
due to the condition of their blood pressure. After a portion of the group halted their medication
in-take, their blood pressure lowered to normal levels within a few years. A total of 107 people
within the .high blood pressure group. and the .borderline high blood pressure group. showed no
increase in blood pressure after participating in a daily practice regime of Taijiquan.
The group with the high blood pressure history, after practicing Taijiquan, showed a very
apparent decrease in blood pressure to the normal pressure range both in systolic and diastolic
pressures. There were six people whose blood pressure was slightly lower than normal among those
with a normal blood pressure of approximately 90/60 mm Hg. After practicing Taijiquan for a
period of time, there were varying degrees of increased blood pressure to the normal range
among the six people. This suggests that the practice of Taijiquan provides a multi-regulatory
action toward controlling blood pressure.
Among the high blood pressure group, there were 13 people whose blood pressure showed an
obvious decrease after participating in a session of Taijiquan. Immediately following the
s muscles to evenly contract and relax. The muscle fibers of the entire body will be
repeatedly twisted and turned under the body.s great range of motion. This natural .
massaging. action can allow the arteries and veins to conduct more powerful contractions
and expansions. Consequently, this will help prevent the build-up of cholesterol in the
arteries and will also aid in the removal of cholesterol already built up in the arteries.
The arteries will also regain their elasticity and strength due to this .massaging. action.
Therefore, Taijiquan, when practiced over a period of time, is one of the most ideal exercises
to prevent and cure high blood pressure which arises due to hardening of the arteries in
middle aged and elderly people.
During the performance of Taijiquan, the central nervous system will calmly control all motion
under a state of total relaxation and tranquility. Under this restrained condition, the
activities of the sympathetic nervous system will slow down, thereby decreasing the flow
of adrenaline in the blood stream. In return, various hormones and amine salt groups in
the blood system will increase leading to an increase in the relaxation of the blood vessels.
This will help to completely open, stretch, and strengthen the capillary system within the
body which will in turn increase the circulation of blood throughout the body. The decrease
in resistance in the blood vessels will ultimately lead to a lowering in blood pressure.
This would explain why blood pressure can be regulated with continuous practice of Taijiquan.