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Overall, 14 studies were selected, with 8 randomized controlled trials and 6 nonrandomized trials in total. The review showed that Tai Chi is useful for increasing well-being and self-efficacy, as well as improving overall mood. While the study used trials including participants aged 12 to 96 years, intervention effects were most notable in those 55 years and older, including frail older adults and healthy adults. - Medscape Today, from WebMD, 10/26/2010

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A German researcher points out that QiGong is gradually gaining prominence as a therapeutic tool in Germany, and pointed to positive effects of QiGong exercises for those dealing with neurosis, depression, anxiety, psychosomatic disorder, and psychosis. They caution that a wrong practice of the exercises, as pertains to specially sick people, can have bad effects and these subjects require competent guidance and assistance.

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Popular media, health media, and government must increase attention to stunning emerging research, including the UCLA study indicating Tai Chi participants enjoyed a 50% increase in immune system resistance to viral infection.

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