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The ancient art of tai chi uses gentle flowing
movements to reduce the stress of today's busy lifestyles and improve
health. Find out how to get started.
By Mayo Clinic staff
If you're looking for another way to reduce stress, consider tai chi
(TIE-chee). Tai chi is sometimes described as "meditation in motion"
because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the
mind and body. Originally developed in ancient China for self-defense,
tai chi evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for
stress reduction and to help with a variety of other health conditions.
This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.
Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication
in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body 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.
By JANE E. BRODY NEW YORK TIMES - Health Published: September 27, 2010
The graceful, dancelike progression of meditative
poses called tai chi originated in ancient China as a martial art, but
the exercise is best known in modern times as a route to reduced stress
and enhanced health. After reviewing existing scientific evidence for
its potential health benefits, I’ve concluded that the proper question
to ask yourself may not be why you should practice tai chi, but why not.
response (RR) has been defined as a mind-body intervention that offsets
the physiological effects caused by stress , .
The RR has been reported to be useful therapeutically (often as an
adjunct to medical treatment) in numerous conditions that are caused or
exacerbated by stress –.
that elicit the RR include: various forms of meditation, repetitive
prayer, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, progressive muscle
relaxation, biofeedback, guided imagery and Qi Gong .
One way that the RR can be elicited is when individuals repeat a word,
sound, phrase, prayer or focus on their breathing with a disregard of
intrusive everyday thoughts .
The non-pharmacological benefit of the RR on stress reduction and other
physiological as well as pathological parameters has attracted
significant interest in recent years to decipher the physiological
effects of the RR. In addition to decreased oxygen consumption –,
other consistent physiologic changes observed in long-term
practitioners of RR techniques include decreased carbon dioxide
elimination, reduced blood pressure, heart and respiration rate , , , prominent low frequency heart rate oscillations  and alterations in cortical and subcortical brain regions , .