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The Health Benefits
OF Tai Chi

Independent studies continue to confirm that Tai Chi can dramatically improve health.
From preventing falls to rheumatoid arthritis to improved sleep, the evidence of the art’s effectiveness continues to grow.
Here is a digest of some of the current research:

 

Harvard Medical School

The health benefits of tai chi

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-tai-chi

 

“A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age.”

 

NHS Inform

Tai chi, Pilates and Yoga 

https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/keeping-active/activities/tai-chi-pilates-and-yoga

“…research has suggested that tai chi can help reduce stress levels, improve balance, increase muscle strength in your legs, and improve general mobility and flexibility.”

 

NHS Networks

Tai Chi & Chi-kung for rehabilitation 

https://www.networks.nhs.uk/nhs-networks/tai-chi-chi-kung-for-rehabilitation

“The Tai Chi network is designed to share knowledge for patient rehab in the NHS, hey and even staff can benefit! the news page is regularly updated and the links page even has video clips”

 

The Conversation 

Tai chi health benefits? What the research says

https://theconversation.com/tai-chi-health-benefits-what-the-research-says-130630

“…it has been suggested that tai chi can improve mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety and enhancing general stress management. Research has also suggested it could help to improve how well you feel physically and mentally.”

 

Harvard Health Publications

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind

https://www.harvard.com/book/the_harvard_medical_school_guide_to_tai_chi_12_weeks_to_a_healthy_body_stro/

“Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind.”

Forbes Health

Health Benefits Of Tai Chi For Seniors

https://www.forbes.com/health/healthy-aging/tai-chi-for-seniors/

“Tai chi is… clinically proven to be effective as rehabilitation for people with cardiopulmonary conditions and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can significantly reduce chronic pain for conditions like fibromyalgia and can improve neurological function for people with Parkinson’s disease. It’s also beneficial as physical therapy and pain management for osteoarthritis, encouraging joints to become more flexible and useful as they may have been at a younger age.”

 

Research Gate

Health benefits of tai chi: What is the evidence?

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/311262646_Health_benefits_of_tai_chi_What_is_the_evidence

"A literature review was conducted on the benefits of tai chi for 25 specific conditions, as well as for general health and fitness, to update a 2014 review of systematic reviews."

 

College of Family Physicians of Canada

Health benefits of tai chi - What is the evidence? 

https://www.cfp.ca/content/62/11/881.abstract

“During the past 45 years more than 500 trials and 120 systematic reviews have been published on the health benefits of tai chi. Systematic reviews of tai chi for specific conditions indicate excellent evidence of benefit for preventing falls, osteoarthritis, Parkinson disease, rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and improving cognitive capacity in older adults.”

 

Science Direct

A systematic review of the health benefits of Tai Chi for students in higher education

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211335515001783

 

  • We reviewed the benefits of Tai Chi in 9263 tertiary students from 76 studies.

  • Tai Chi is likely to yield psychological and physical benefits for tertiary students.

  • Physical benefits include improved flexibility, lung capacity and balance.

  • Psychological benefits include reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety.

  • Education institutions should consider such benefits for the well-being of students.

 

 

Oxford Academic

Health benefits of Tai Chi exercise: improved balance and blood pressure in middle-aged women

https://academic.oup.com/heapro/article/19/1/33/782090

“The data confirm that Tai Chi exercise can be a good choice of exercise for middle-aged adults, with potential benefits for ageing as well as the aged.”