The benefits of practicing Tai Chi are unlimited:
Tai Chi can be used as a preventive health measure, to maintain good health and/or to help with a specific disease. Although, Tai Chi cannot cure a disease but, it is often recommended as an additional therapy to conventional treatment because it can help bring relaxation, balance and harmony between body and mind. Here are some outlines of general areas of the benefits that are most commonly recognized and most thoroughly researched:
Blood Pressure – TaiChi can lower systolic blood pressure and has many benefits relating to blood circulation. It can relax and tone the muscles improving venous blood flow.
Hypertension – TaiChi works closely with the autonomic nervous system. The means it is very effective in avoiding or relieving symptoms of stress.
Heart–The rhythmic and flowing nature of Tai Chi means it assists the heart to move blood to flow thoroughly in the body, therefore, gently exercising the heart, rather then straining the heart. The heart can also gain many positive benefits from the relaxation aspects.
Musculature – TaiChi exercises relaxes and tones the muscles, hence, increases muscle strength without the risk of straining or damaging the muscle or the dedicated connecting tissues. The bone strength is also maintained because Tai Chi is a weight bearing exercise.
Posture– Tai Chi movements works with posture by improving postural alignment, awareness and ability to maintain a neutral posture while one is performing activities.
Breathing – The TaiChi programs includes comprehensive relaxation exercises for asthma relief and overall good health.
Lymphatic System - Several aspects of Tai Chi can assist the immune system, in particularly the lymphatic system.
Balance – Research has shown that by practicing Tai Chi the rate of falls in elderly people is reduced up to 47.5%. Tai Chi is also very useful method of balance training for martial arts and other sports people.
The following are some examples of medical conditions that may be alleviated or possibly avoided by practicing Tai Chi:
General Mobility and Balance Problems – Medical studies has shown that Tai Chi programs can be significantly effective of falls prevention intervention for the elderly.
Diabetes– Medical research has proven Tai Chi intervention for avoidance and management in diabetes.
Parkinson’s disease – Parkinson Disease Groups and Organizations has recommended Tai Chi as a valuable component in management programs for suffers of Parkinson’s disease.
Asthma – There are specific Tai Chi programs that are designed specifically for asthma suffers. Tai Chi can effectively reduce asthma symptoms and often on a long-term basis.
Post Traumatic Stress – Tai Chi is very effective in bringing relaxation, balance and harmony between body and mind which can reduce the stress hormones in the body.
Strokes– Tai Chi is a very suitable exercise system for suffers from strokes. It is usually a complimentary to physiotherapy.
Tai Chi and qigong's health benefits have been studied for nearly 2,000 years in China and for only about 20 years in the west. However, western medical research is quickly discovering what Chinese medicine has long realized, that Tai Chi provides more benefits than any other single exercise. No wonder it is the most popular exercise in the world!
Tai Chi can change what the world looks like for us by changing our view of it. After all, our health and our lives are merely reflections of our state of mind. As the body and breath move, so does the mind, clearing energetic blocks that normally lock us into fixed emotional and psychological patterns. This empowering "meditation in motion" reminds us that change is always constant and that new beginnings always follow closures.