Benefits of Tai Chi

Modern Medical Research on Benefits of Tai Chi Practice

Researchers have shown that long-term practice of Tai Chi can promote the control of balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness and reduce the risk of falls in elders. The beneficial effects of Tai Chi on reduced pain, osteoarthritis, stress and anxiety have also been reported in clinic studies. Other studies on Tai Chi have indicated improved cardiovascular and respiratory functions, boosted aspects of the immune system's function as well as benefits for those who had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery. Patients who suffered from high blood pressure, heart attacks and arthritis are also benefited from Tai Chi practice.

It is surprised that gentle and slow movements of Tai Chi burn more calories than surfing and nearly as many as downhill skiing. Tai Chi has also been shown to reduce the incidence of anxiety, depression, and overall mood disturbance. A pilot study has found evidence that Tai Chi and Qi Gong help reduce the severity of diabetes.

Scientific research has shown that Tai Chi stimulates the central nervous system, relieves stress and gently tones muscles without strain. It also enhances digestion, circulation of blood and the elimination of wastes. Moreover, Tai Chi's rhythmic movements massage the internal organs and improve their functionality.

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