Tai chi, one pathway to a better life.

I have seen groups of people performing tai chi in the park and wondered what was the draw to (what seemed to me)… arm waving.  I know, I am unenlightened.  A recent internal medicine journal cites a study showing tai chi significantly improves heart failure patients’ quality of life.

Tai chi is actually a gentle, meditative exercise of flowing circular movements, weight and balance shifting, visualization, breathing techniques and focused internal awareness.   In one study, patient’s performed tai chi for one hour twice a week with an instructor and were encouraged to practice three times a week.

After 12 weeks the tai chi patients had

  • better mood scores,
  • less depression and
  • better exercise tolerance than those in a heart health education program only.

These studies spurn me to learn about complementary practices that I know little about.

Hope this helps.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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