Tai Chi, Qi Gong And Health
By Athos Antoniades
The practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong can not only increase strength and flexibility but also brings many other health benefits.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong are often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.
Doctors in the United States analysed 47 studies looking at the impact Tai Chi had on people with chronic health problems, like heart disease or MS. They found that it could improve balance control, flexibility and even the health of the heart. Writing in The Archives of Internal Medicine, they said it also reduced stress, falls, pain and anxiety.
Practitioners of Tai Chi and Qi Gong say it can have a positive effect on people's health, improving memory, concentration, digestion, balance and flexibility. They say it is also helpful for people with psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety or stress.