You’ve all seen the pictures of peaceful people making fluid tai chi movements on a beach or on a cliff overlooking the ocean … who wouldn’t be peaceful in that beautiful scenery? But seriously, abundant evidence attests to the fact that tai chi does indeed make one more peaceful. In addition, it has been shown to have benefit for 25 specific medical conditions as well as for general health and fitness.
Some of the key features of tai chi are that it improves:
- Mindfulness (awareness of the current moment is cultivated)
- Flexibility and relaxation
- Strength & balance
- Natural breathing
- Social support
- Integration of body, mind and spirit
During the past 45 years, more than 500 trials and 120 systematic reviews have been published on the health benefits of tai chi. Some of the 25 medical conditions that tai chi has been proven to help include:
- Preventing falls
- Parkinson disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and
- Congnitive thinking
Read more about tai chi in this extensive Clinical Review (opens as a PDF).