Tai Chi research review

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Abstract

This review briefly summarizes recent Tai Chi research on physical benefits including balance and muscle strength and psychological benefits including attentiveness, sleep and anxiety. Cardiovascular changes following Tai Chi include decreased heart rate and blood pressure, increased vagal activity and decreased cholesterol. Pain syndromes that have been affected include fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Autoimmune and immune conditions recently researched and reviewed here include osteoporosis, diabetes and HIV. Methodological problems with this research include the variability in forms (series of postures) used across studies as well as the intensity of the Tai Chi schedule. Further, most of the studies are based on within group changes rather than attention control group comparisons. Nonetheless, significant clinical improvements have been noted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-146
Number of pages6
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Attentiveness
  • Tai Chi
  • Vagal activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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Tai Chi research review. / Field, Tiffany M.

In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 17, No. 3, 01.08.2011, p. 141-146.

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