The Effect of Tai Chi on Health Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Conditions

“Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art that has been practiced in China for many centuries.  It combines deep diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation with many fundamental postures that flow imperceptibly and smoothly from one to the other through slow, gentle, graceful movements.   It has been advocated for development of mind-body interaction, breathing regulation with body movement, hand-eye coordination, and tranquilization.  Tai Chi appears to have physiological and psychosocial benefits and also appears to be safe and effective in promoting balance control, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness in older patients with chronic conditions.”

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