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Seniors who practice tai chi regularly demonstrate improved arterial compliance (the ability of arteries to expand and contract with the pumping of the heart), as well as increased leg muscle strength, according to a Hong Kong study.
A US team has found that the use of tai chi alongside drug therapy may provide additional improvements in clinical outcomes in the treatment of geriatric depression.
Tai chi may improve quality of life (QoL) for cancer survivors by regulating the inflammatory response.
Korean research suggests that tai chi can improve lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTSs), quality of life (QoL) and testosterone levels in patients with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH).
Practising tai chi can lead to a reduction in levels of inflammatory markers in the blood of older adults.
Tai chi has a better impact on preventing falls in the elderly than conventional physiotherapy, perhaps because it leads to an increased sense of self-efficacy in practitioners.
The addition of tai chi to endurance training (ET) leads to improved exercise tolerance and quality of life (QOL) in elderly patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), according to an Italian study.
The first pragmatic randomised controlled trial of tai chi for people with low back pain has shown that it can improve pain and disability outcomes in this population.
In a four-year study of 195 subjects with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease, tai chi has been found to improve postural stability and walking ability and to reduce the risk of falling.
Physiological responses normally associated with involuntary autonomic thermoregulation can be voluntarily activated during a tai chi exercise.