Tai Chi 'improves body and mind'

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.

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Tai chi: physiological characteristics and beneficial effects on health

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


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