Health Benefits

A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for T’ai Chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age.
— Peter M. Wayne, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School

“I love T’ai Chi — I have my health back!”

“T’ai Chi has improved my health and my mind”

“At the end of the warmups I feel more limber and more pain free”

“T’ai Chi has all but eliminated my chronic lower back pain”

“T’ai Chi is like receiving a massage”

“I feel a greater ease in all movement”

T’ai Chi has been shown not only to improve symptoms of chronic diseases such as arthritis, Parkinson’s and diabetes, but also to improve a number of general health indicators such as:

  • blood pressure
  • balance (e.g. decreased falls)
  • posture
  • energy
  • flexibility (and decreased joint pain)
  • muscle strength
  • aerobic capacity
  • bone density
  • sleep quality

However, T’ai Chi’s low-impact, gentle movements mean that you don’t have to be in top health to begin.

Further Reading on the Health Benefits of T’ai Chi

General Benefits

T’ai Chi Gives Immune System a Boost
Tai Chi ‘could be prescribed’ for illnesses
T’ai Chi master studied for power to control body
Long-Term Effects of Tai Chi Intervention on Sleep and Mental Health of Female Individuals With Dependence on Amphetamine-Type Stimulants
Why Tai Chi Is As Good For You As CrossFit
5 of the Best Exercises You Can Ever Do
T’ai Chi: A Gentle Way to Fight Stress
What is Tai Chi? What are the health benefits of Tai Chi?
T’ai Chi and Psychotherapy for Better Sleep and More
Harvard Health Publications: The Health Benefits of T’ai Chi
The Health Benefits of Mindfulness
Tai Chi For Students
WedMD: Health Benefits of T’ai Chi and Qigong
U.S. News and World Report: For Health Benefits, Try T’ai Chi
T’ai Chi for Health Purposes – National Institutes of Health
7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

Metabolic Issues

The effect of tai chi exercise on blood pressure: a systematic review
The Effects of Tai Chi on the Renal and Cardiac Functions of Patients with Chronic Kidney and Cardiovascular Diseases
Effects of Tai Chi exercise on patients with type 2 diabetes

Bone and Joint Benefits

T’ai Chi: Rx for Arthritic Knees
Can Tai Chi Truly Help Those With Knee Arthritis?
An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Take on T’ai Chi for Seniors
Comparative Effectiveness of Tai Chi Versus Physical Therapy in Treating Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized, Single-Blind Trial

Balance and Stability Benefits

Tai Chi for Risk of Falls. A Meta‐analysis
Effectiveness of a Therapeutic Tai Ji Quan Intervention vs a Multimodal Exercise Intervention to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults at High Risk of Falling
Will Tai Ji Help Keep You From Falling?
Falling Is Dangerous for the Elderly — and Often Preventable
T’ai Chi Helps to Prevent Falls and Accidents
The Lost Art of Bending Over

Parkinson’s Disease Research

Tai Chi for improvement of motor function, balance and gait in Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis
T’ai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
Tai Chi Improves Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

T'ai Chi is a great way to become more aware of your posture
T’ai Chi is a great way to become more aware of your posture