Tai Chi And Its Amazing Healing Powers!

  • 09 Jul 2019

What is Tai Chi?

Tai chi is an ancient mind and body practice. It involves certain postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation.

The movements can be adapted or practiced while walking, standing, or sitting. Tai Chi movements, if practiced quickly, can even be a form of combat or self-defence.

What Science Says About the Effectiveness of Tai Chi

Research suggest that practicing Tai Chi may improve the balance and stability in older people and those with Parkinson's disease; reduce pain from osteoarthritis of the knee, help people cope with fibromyalgia and back pain; and also people with heart failure and cancer. It may also offer psychological benefits, such as reducing anxiety.

Something To Consider

Learning Tai Chi from a video or book does not ensure that you're doing the movements correctly or safely.

Falling and Balance

Exercise programs, including Tai Chi, may reduce falling and the fear of falling in older people. Tai Chi also may be more effective than other forms of exercise for improving balance and stability in people with Parkinson's disease.

For Pain (knee osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic neck pain, back pain)

There are some evidence that practicing Tai Chi may help people manage pain associated with knee osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage in the knee that allows leg bones to rub together), fibromyalgia (a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue), and back pain.

In people who had low-back pain for at least 3 months, a program of Tai Chi exercises reduced their pain and improved their functioning.

For Mental Health and Cognitive Function

While a range of research has suggested that exercise helps reduce depression and anxiety, the role of Tai Chi for these and other mental health problems is less clear. However, there is evidence that Tai Chi may boost brain function and reasoning ability in older people.

For Quality of Life

Much research suggests that physical activity enhances quality of life. Health providers who treat people with cancer often recommend the exercise to reduce illness-related fatigue and improve quality of life. Some studies also suggest that both activities help people with heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

Heart Disease

Regular practice of Tai Chi may improve quality of life and mood in people with chronic heart failure, according to a 2011 clinical trial funded by NCCIH.

Results from a small study suggested that practicing Tai Chi improved the ability to exercise and may be an option as cardiac rehabilitation for people who have had a heart attack.

Source: Medical News Today
Photo source: Medical News Today

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