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Chinese scientists report that long-term tai chi practice can induce regional structural changes in practitioners’ brains. Using high-resolution MRI scanning of 22 tai chi practitioners and 18 matched controls, they examined the...

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A Mexican research team reports that practising tai chi produces a greater antioxidant effect in the body than walking. The researchers carried out a quasi-experimental study of 106 healthy older adults (60 and 74 years of age)...

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A systematic review by Danish authors has found moderate evidence for short-term improvement of pain, physical function and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who practice tai chi. Five RCTs with a total of 252...

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One hour of tai chi practice can decrease the numbers of pro-inflammatory lymphocytes circulating in the blood stream, a US pilot study suggests. Healthy subjects were asked to perform tai chi for one hour. Four millilitres of...

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Tai chi is as effective as proprioception exercises for improving neuromuscular function in elderly people, according to Chinese researchers. Sixty elderly subjects were randomly allocated into three groups. For 16 consecutive...

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A US team reports that practising a combination of tai chi and yoga can reduce prenatal depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances in pregnant women.

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Chinese researchers have concluded that tai chi may be able to improve immune status in lung cancer survivors, and thereby potentially help to prevent tumour recurrence.

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A pilot study from Hong Kong has provided preliminary evidence for the hypotheses that the anti-depressive effect of qigong exercise is due to improvement in psychosocial functioning and down-regulation of hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

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Practising tai chi is beneficial for diabetic patients with neuropathy, according to Korean investigators who recruited 59 diabetic patients with neuropathy to a study.

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Swiss researchers have found that tai chi practice can reduce psychobiological stress reactivity in healthy subjects.

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