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.
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
Chan K, Qin L,
Tsang WW, Hui-Chan CW.
Li F, Harmer P,
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2004 December; 1(3): 223–232.
Published online 2004 December 1. doi: 10.1093/ecam/neh048.
Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute
Copyright 2010 International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation.