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Tai Chi 'improves body and mind'

The ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi can help to improve people's health, research suggests.

Doctors in the United States analysed 47 studies looking at the impact Tai Chi had on people with chronic health problems, like heart disease or MS.

They found that it could improve balance control, flexibility and even the health of their heart.

Writing in The Archives of Internal Medicine, they said it also reduced stress, falls, pain and anxiety.

Deep breathing

Tai Chi 'helps improve diabetes'

Tai Chi exercises can help people with type 2 diabetes control their condition, research suggests.

Two separate studies found a 12-week programme of exercise was enough to boost the immune system, and to cut blood sugar levels.

The traditional Chinese martial art combines deep breathing and gentle movement to boost relaxation levels.

Both studies, by researchers in Taiwan and Australia, appear in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Tai Chi and Cardiovascular Health

There is evidence, though sometimes controversial, that exercise improves many aspects of cardiovascular health including reduced incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, and hypertension.

Tai chi: physiological characteristics and beneficial effects on health

Tai chi: physiological characteristics and beneficial effects on health

J X Li1, Y Hong1, K M Chan2

 

1 Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2 Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Change in perceived psychosocial status following a 12-week Tai Chi exercise programme.

Improvement in balance, strength, and flexibility after 12 weeks of Tai chi exercise in ethnic Chinese adults with cardiovascular disease risk factors

The Role of Tai Chi Exercise in Promoting Health Benefits for Older Persons

Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute


Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Tai Chi

Tai chi aims to address the body and mind as an interconnected system and to improve mental and physical health while benefiting posture, balance, flexibility and strength. Tai chi includes sequences of slow movements coordinated with deep breathing and mental focus. Tai chi can be practiced alone or with a group of people in a class.

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