In the News: A Roundup of Research & Media Coverage


“T’ai Chih Chih Compared With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Insomnia in Survivors of Breast Cancer” 
Journal of Clinical Oncology
Academic research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine shows that practicing T'ai Chi Chih helps relieve insomnia in survivors of breast cancer. The study compared the effectiveness of TCC with cognitive behavioral therapy.

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'Breast cancer survivors often don’t just come to physicians with insomnia. They have insomnia, fatigue and depression,' said Dr. Michael Irwin, the lead author and a professor of psychiatry at UCLA. 'And this intervention, T'ai Chi Chih, impacted all those outcomes in a similar way, with benefits that were as robust as the gold standard treatment for insomnia.'

"The American Academy of Sleep Medicine considers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) the treatment of choice for insomnia. 'While CBT treats insomnia, it’s too expensive for some people and there is a shortage of trained professionals in the field,' said Irwin, who is also a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. 'Because of those limitations, we need community-based interventions like T'ai Chi Chih.'" -- Excerpts from May 2017 UCLA press release

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The UCLA findings have been reported around the world:

“T’ai Chi (Chih) Effective, Affordable Alternative to CBT-I for Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors”

“Forscher: Diese T’ai Chi-Übungen wirken gegen Schlafprobleme” (in German)

“T’ai Chi (Chih) Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors Sleep”

"T’ai Chi (Chih) Relieves Insomnia in Many Breast Cancer Survivors"

“T’ai Chi (Chih) Bantu Kurangi Masalah Insomnia pada Penderita Kanker Payudara” (in Indonesian)

“T’ai Chi Chih Improves Insomnia Among Breast Cancer Survivors”
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Other News

“T’ai Chi (Chih) for Seniors Class at Millburn Library"
TAP Into SOMA online, Millburn, NJ


"My Experience Sharing the Chi"
Joy in Our Town Philadelphia - Air Date 8/8/16

“Celebrate World T’ai Chi, Qigong Day for first time in Prescott Valley”
The Daily Courier, Prescott, AZ

“Seniors Embrace Fitness Classes Created Just for Them”
Daily Record, Parsippany, NJ


“Cognitive behavioral therapy and T’ai Chi (Chih) reverse cellular and genomic markers of inflammation in late-life insomnia: a randomized controlled trial”
Biological Psychiatry [Full paper available here.]

“T’ai Chi Chih Class #1: First reactions”

“11 Reasons to Practice T’ai Chi (Chih)”


“T’ai Chi (Chih), Cellular Inflammation, and Transcriptome Dynamics in Breast Cancer Survivors With Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial”
Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs, Oxford University Press [Full paper available here.]

“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs. T’ai Chi (Chih) for Late Life Insomnia and Inflammatory Risk: A Randomized Controlled Comparative Efficacy Trial”

“This Ancient Martial Art Can Fight Disease, Calm The Mind And Slow Aging”


“T’ai Chih Chih Offers a Range of Benefits Over Time” 
The Daily Journal (Northeast Mississippi)
TCC teachers Ron Richardson, Stephen Thompson, Margaret Baker and their students discuss the many health improvements they’ve experienced as a result of maintaining this easy-to-learn practice.

“T’ai Chih (Chih) for Arthritis Relief”
Academic research increasingly shows that slow, gentle movements like those in T’ai Chi Chih® help relieve pain, stiffness and other symptoms of arthritis. TCC, this author notes, is increasingly popular because it provides similar benefits.


“A TED Talk: The Effects of Ta’i Chih Chih on High School Students” 
TEDx Albuquerque, NM: Innovations in Education
TCC teacher Amy Tyksinski and two students demonstrate this moving meditation while discussing the benefits high school students have experienced as result of the practice.

A T’ai Chi Chih Demonstration on TV program “Good Day Maine”
Channel 7, WPFO, Portland, ME
Teacher Raymond Reid demonstrates the practice of TCC and discussed its many health and other benefits.


“Ta’i Chih Chih Class Takes Off at Manalapan Library” 
Asbury (NJ) Park Press
Teacher Dan Pienciak and students explain the many benefits of T’ai Chi Chih.

“Cancer Support Community Thanks Volunteers and Sponsors”
Messenger-Gazette (NJ)
T’ai Chi Chih student receives Spirit of Courage Award honoring her journey with cancer.

Portland (ME) Daily Sun
Teacher Raymond Reid and students discuss benefits of T’ai Chi Chih.

“Slow Motion: T’ai Chi Chih Classes Keep You Moving Without Sweating” 
Herald Net (Everett, WA)
Teacher Beth Preston and students describe benefits they’ve received from TCC practice.



“Complementary Use of T’ai Chi Chih Augments Escitalopram Treatment of Geriatric Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial”
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
UCLA research shows that TCC helps lessen depressive symptoms in seniors.

A Slow and Flowing Wave Hits Edmonds
Edmonds Beacon (Puget Sound, WA)
Students recount benefits of T’ai Chi Chih, growing in popularity in Washington.

“T’ai Chi Chih – Moving Meditation”
Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) sufferer describes how TCC helped reduce symptoms.

“The softer side of martial arts”
Metro News, Edmonton, CN
General feature on benefits of practicing T’ai Chi Chi; interview with Kim Grant, editor of The Vital Force (TCC journal)

“T’ai Chi (Chih) Beats Back Depression in Elderly, Study Shows”
Report on research at UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

“T’ai Chi (Chih) Eases Depression in Elderly”
The New York Times/Well blog

“Good News: T’ai Chi (Chih) Helps Fight Depression Among the Elderly”
TIME magazine

“Depressed Seniors Benefit from T’ai Chi (Chih)”

“T’ai Chi (Chih) Beats Back Depression in Elderly, Study Shows”
Press release by UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

“New Strategies for Preventing Falls”
T’ai Chi Chih helps improve balance, build strength, and develop other qualities that help prevent falls.

“Mind-Body Relationship Key to Local Author’s Books on Health”
Capitola-Soquel (CA) Patch
TCC teacher Diane See discusses importance of mind-body harmony.

5 Winter Workouts
Community Health magazine, Midwest U.S. distribution
TCC recommended as good exercise for indoors in winter.

“Missoula Baby Boomers Reflect on Turning 65”
NBC News, Missoula, MT
Interview with TCC teacher Lynne Roberts

“Arthritis Sufferer Says T’ai Chi Chih Has Changed Her Life”
Contra Costa (CA) Times (syndicated)
Interview with TCC teacher Maya Caudill

“Arthritis Sufferer Says T’ai Chi Chih Has Changed Her Life”
San Jose Mercury News
Interview with TCC teacher Maya Caudill



11 & 12/2010
“T’ai Chi Chih: Exercise Without Breaking a Sweat”
AARP Magazine
TCC overview profiles TCC teacher Raymond Reid.

“Sleep Problems? T’ai Chi (Chih) May Help”, Fargo, ND
Research shows that practicing TCC helps improve sleep.

“Time for T’ai Chi (Chih) From Your Chair”
Daily Dose blog, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Research shows that the seated version of TCC provides benefits to people with spinal cord injuries who cannot do the standing version.

“The Physical and Mental Benefits of Seated T’ai Chi Chih”
United Spinal Association Magazine
Research shows that the seated version of TCC provides benefits to people with spinal cord injuries who cannot do the standing version.

“T’ai Chi (Chih) Boosts Efficacy of Antidepressant Therapy in Older Adults”
Medscape Today News/
Adding TCC improves resilience, quality of life, and cognitive function in older adults with major depression.

“Better Your Mind with T’ai Chi Chih”
Research shows that practicing TCC can help relieve depression.


2009 & Earlier

“Friedbert Weimann, T’ai Chi Chih”
San Francisco Chronicle
Interview with TCC student Friedbert Weimann

“Improving Sleep Quality in Older Adults with Moderate Sleep Complaints: A Randomized Controlled Trial of T’ai Chi Chih”
SLEEP (academic journal)
Research shows that practicing TCC helps improve sleep.

“Get Energized” 
Natural Health
TCC is a great way to beat the daily fatigue of modern life and stresses.

“Practicing T’ai Chi (Chih) Boosts Immune System in Older Adults”
TCC practitioners in a research study experienced up to a 50 percent increase in the immune system’s memory T-cells.

“T’ai Chi Chih Acutely Decreases Sympathetic Nervous System Activity in Older Adults”
The Journals of Gerontology, Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Shingles immunity is greatly strengthened by regular TCC practice. TCC practitioners experienced up to a 50 percent increase in the immune system’s memory T-cells, which are responsible for attacking the virus that causes shingles.

“T’ai Chi Chih Practitioners Believe Balance of Energy Means Balance of Health”
Albuquerque (NM) Journal
Interview with TCC originator Justin Stone

“Shingles Immunity and Health Functioning in the Elderly: T’ai Chi Chih as a Behavioral Treatment”
Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine (academic journal)
TCC helps improve immunity and overall health, in part because it helps relieve depression.

9 & 10/2003
“Effects of a Behavioral Intervention, T’ai Chi Chih, on Varicella-Zoster Virus Specific Immunity and Health Functioning in Older Adults
Psychosomatic Medicine (academic journal)
TCC helps improve immunity and overall health, in part because it helps relieve depression.

“Mind over Matter: T’ai Chi Class Boosts Shingles Immunity, Improves Physical Functioning in Older Adults”
Press release by UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
TCC helps improve immunity and overall health, in part because it helps relieve depression.

“T’ai Chi Chih as an Intervention for Heart Failure”
The Nursing Clinics of North America (academic journal)
Researchers find that pre- and post-measures of heart failure symptoms, general health, mental health, functional capacity, and energy perceptions support the potential of T’ai Chi Chih in managing heart failure symptoms and improving quality of life.

“T’ai Chi Chih: An Exercise Option for Older Adults”
Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Research shows that T’ai Chi Chih is a safe and enjoyable form of exercise that may improve balance in seniors.

“The Moving Joy of T’ai Chi Chih”
Los Angeles Times
Interview with TCC originator Justin Stone