Research into benefits of Tai Chi
Doctors in the United States analysed 47 studies looking at the impact that Tai Chi had on people with chronic health problems, like heart disease or MS. They found that it could improve balance, flexibility and even the health of their heart. They also said it reduced stress, falls, pain and anxiety.
Tai Chi which originated in China combines deep breathing with relaxation and postures that flow from one to another through slow movements. It promotes unity of mind and body and is often described as moving meditation.
The health aspects of Tai Chi
Practitioners say it can have a positive effect on people’s health, improving memory, concentration, digestion, balance and flexibility. They say it is also helpful for people with psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety or stress.Overall, these studies reported that long-term Tai Chi practice had favourable effects on the promotion of balance control, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness and reduced the risk of falls in the elderly. But it also had benefits for people with serious conditions, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
Benefits were reported by the authors of these studies in cardiovascular and respiratory function in healthy subjects and in patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery as well as in patients with heart failure, hypertension, acute myocardial infarction, arthritis and multiple sclerosis.