Tai Chi, Qigong offer many health benefits

13:36, July 09, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Participants perform tai chi, a traditional form of Chinese martial arts in Beijing on August 8, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

U.S. researchers have found that Tai Chi and Qigong exercises offer a significant physical and mental health benefits.

Researchers at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation reviewed 77 randomized controlled trials about Tai Chi or Qigong that were published between 1993 and 2007 and included a total of 6,410 participants.

The review provides a "stronger evidence base" that Tai Chi and Qigong offer benefits in terms of bone health, cardio-respiratory fitness, physical function, balance, quality of life, fall prevention and mental health, the researchers said in a news release published by HealthDay News on Thursday.

"We see (these findings) as moving the understanding of the potential of Qigong and Tai Chi forward, with an emphasis on combining the evidence across these practices," review co-author Linda Larkey said. "Tai Chi and Qigong have many health benefits and therefore should be considered a high priority when one is selecting an exercise to practice," said Shin Lin, a professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, said in the news release.

Lin, who was not involved in the review, explained that Qigong is a "very general term to describe exercises that will enhance qi flow or balance." The term Qigong combines "qi" for energy and "gong" for work or exercise. Tai Chi is a more specific form of exercise that focuses on a series of 24 to 108 movements.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • A Chinese Bulbul is standing on a lotus in the Taipei Botanical Garden. (Xinhua/Wu Jingteng)
  • The photo taken on June 6, 2012 shows a piece of colorful cloud appearing over the sky at dusk in Shenzhou Peninsula, Wanning City of south China's Hainan Province.(CFP/Zhang Jie)
  • Snipers in combat training. (China Military Online/Song Peng)
  • Recently, Liu Bolin held an exhibition named "Hiding in New York City" in Eli Klein Gallery.(File photo/CRI)
  • Photo taken on May 24 shows that student Liu Qingsai is studying. Liu wrote in her dairy on April 23, "Yesterday, Mom visited me. She told me that my dad's coronary heart disease is getting worse and can't do very difficult work in the future. My mom paused for a very long time without saying a word since she was so sad. My parents are getting old. The shines on mom's look are gone and wrinkles appeared on dad's face. I cried for a long time and swore to myself that I have to grow up and enter the university quickly. Someday, I can be their umbrella." (Xinhua / Bai Yu)
Hot Forum Discussion