New study proves health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong

Tai Chi is a form of Chinese martial arts that is used to improve balance, strength, flexibility and mental relaxation. The gentle Chinese art of Tai Chi may benefit patients living with many chronic conditions such as diabetes or obesity, according to a new study from the University of Queensland, Australia.ying yang
In their study, the Australian researchers examined the physical health of aged 41 to 71 type 2 diabetes or were at high risk of the disease patients assigned to a specially designed, physical training program, known as SMILE Wellness, based on movements from the Tai Chi.
Researcher Dr Xin Liu, from University of Queensland’s School of Medicine, said the study results were encouraging.
“The therapeutic program resulted in many health benefits for participants, including reduced blood sugar, blood pressure, body weight and waist circumference,” Dr Liu said. “Average blood sugar levels decreased by six per cent, blood pressure decreased by nine per cent, and body mass index and waist circumference decreased by four per cent and three per cent respectively,” he add.
Tai Chi requires only low to moderate cardiovascular effort, making it very popular with older people. It also has been shown to improve posture and flexibility. Finally, Tai Chi has a calming effect, an important consideration for people who need to manage their stress levels.
The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, could be the first to scientifically demonstrate significant benefits of exercise alone for the management of diabetes, weight and depression.

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