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Veterans with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who participated in in Tai Chi not only would recommend it to a friend, but also found the ancient Chinese tradition helped with their symptoms including managing intrusive thoughts, difficulties with concentration and physiological arousal.
-- Science Daily, 2016

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What are the Health Benefits of Tai Chi?

Tai chi is a noncompetitive martial art known for both its defense techniques and its health benefits. As an exercise, it comprises gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.

It has been shown to improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls in older people. It appears to reduce pain and the symptoms of depression.
-- Medical News Today, 2016

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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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