Health Benefits Of Tai Chi

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Tai Chi Chuan(meaning Supreme Ultimate Force) ,popularly known as Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practised for both defence and health purposes. In China, Tai Chi is categorized under the Wudang group of Chinese martial arts – that is, the arts applied with internal power. It consists of sequence of movements which are originally derived from the martial arts. The performance in Tai Chi is slow, soft and graceful with smooth and even transitions between them (Chau , 1969). It is supposed that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the Tai Chi form, helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity. Tai Chi is thought as a moving form of Yoga and meditation combined ,and can also be called ‘meditation in motion’.…show more content…
One of the aims of Tai Chi is to promote the circulation of this ‘Chi’ within the body which balances positive and negative forces which is essential for good health. It is believed to enhance the health and vitality of the person and decrease the pain, depression, stress and anxiety. The health benefits of Tai Chi was promoted in the early 20th century, which was widely accepted worldwide later for its benefits of health and health maintenance. Its health benefits are supported by national Parkinson foundation and diabetes Australia association. Recently a lot of researchers and scientists are paying attention towards Tai Chi to prove its health benefits.…show more content…
First study showed reduction in the risk of falling by 47.5% after doing Tai Chi. Second study showed improvement in balance and muscular strength. The Director of Musculoskeletal Research in NIA’s geriatric program, Chhanda Dutta, Ph.D. remarked – “ we must make sure that we look at every approach, especially relatively inexpensive ones like Tai Chi, which can be done by the people at home and friends once they have had the proper training. It is a part of the ‘low tech’ method, which can help the older people to avoid frailty and falling”. According to Jen-Chen Tsai (2003), 12 weeks of Tai Chi training reduced systolic blood pressure by 15.6 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 8.8 mm Hg. The serum total cholesterol level decreased 15.2 mg/dL and high density lipoprotein cholesterol increased 4.7 mg/dL. By using STAI evaluation, both trait anxiety and state anxiety were decreased. Several studies had been done regarding duration of the training period required for the benefits of Tai Chi. The minimum duration claimed was 8 weeks, where as for the best results it was 12 to 20 weeks (Steven L. Wolf et al.

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