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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.
Tai chi can help prevent weight gain and maintain lean body mass in breast cancer survivors by stabilising insulin levels, say American researchers.
Practising tai chi can lead to a reduction in levels of inflammatory markers in the blood of older adults.
A US pilot study suggests that tai chi may be able to help cancer patients with cognitive problems that can arise as a side effect of chemotherapy treatment.
Taking part in a 12-week tai chi programme has multiple health benefits for post-menopausal women, particularly for those suffering from age-related loss of muscle strength.
Tai chi exercise has measurable benefits for patients with chronic systolic heart failure (HF).
Older adults who practice tai chi (TC) demonstrate better performance in cognitive tests than those who take part in conventional exercise or who do not exercise.
A UK study has shown that participating in a single tai chi class is associated with significant improvements in psychological wellbeing.
Hong Kong researchers have found that tai chi (TC) may offer specific cognitive benefits in elderly people at risk of progressive cognitive decline.