Recent Tai Chi Studies

Links and brief descriptions of recent scientific studies and papers related to the benefits of Tai Chi and Quigong practices.

Older subjects who regularly practise Tai Chi found to have better arterial compliance and greater muscle strength @

Tai Chi improves cardiovascular function and body strength in older adults @

Older subjects who regularly practice Tai Chi found to have better arterial compliance and greater muscle strength than non-practitioners@

Tai Chi Improves Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Feb. 8, 2012

Study: Tai Chi Leads to Smoother, Steadier Movements, Longer Strides, and Fewer Falls Compared to Other Types of Exercise
By Brenda Goodman, MA WebMD Health News  Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Tai Chi Shown to Ease Back Pain Study finds the martial art is an effective treatment for a common complaint.

By Jennifer Davis  Arthritis Today  1/5/12

New research shows that tai chi can be effective for managing the persistent low-back pain that many people experience.

“There is no treatment for persistent, non-specific, low back pain that takes the pain away completely. The best treatments at the moment reduce the pain,” according to study co-author Chris Maher, PhD, director of The George Institute for Global Health and a professor at the University of Sydney, in Australia. “In this study, people experienced a 25 percent reduction in their pain intensity if they completed tai chi [programs]. When we asked a sample if they felt this magnitude of reduction was worthwhile, most said, ‘Yes.’”

Tai Chi Could Help Overcome Cognitive Effects of Chemotherapy, Evidence Suggests

June 7, 2011 — Previous studies have indicated that a significant number of patients who receive chemotherapy also experience cognitive declines, including decreases in verbal fluency and memory. Now, one ... > full story

Tai Chi Appears to Benefit Quality of Life for Patients With Chronic Heart Failure, Study Finds

April 26, 2011 — Tai chi exercise appears to be associated with improved quality of life, mood and exercise self-efficacy in patients with chronic heart failure, according to a new ... > full story

Tai Chi Gets Cautious Thumbs Up for Psychological Health

May 21, 2010 — Tai Chi, a low impact martial art, has been associated with reduced stress, anxiety and depression, and enhanced mood, in both healthy people and those with chronic conditions. A systematic review of ... > full story

Tai Chi May Be An Effective Treatment For Dizziness, Balance Issues

October 5, 2009 — Tai Chi, a form of Chinese martial arts often practiced for its health benefits, may be an effective treatment option for patients who suffer from dizziness and balance disorders (also known as ... > full story

Tai Chi Exercise Reduces Knee Osteoarthritis Pain In The Elderly, Research Shows

November 1, 2009 — Researchers have determined that patients over 65 years of age with knee osteoarthritis who engage in regular Tai Chi exercise improve physical function and experience less pain. Tai Chi is a ... > full story

Tai Chi Benefits For Arthritis Shown

June 17, 2009 — Tai chi has been found to have positive health benefits for musculoskeletal pain. The results of the first comprehensive analysis of tai chi suggest that it produces positive effects for improving ... > full story

Tai Chi Improves Pain In Arthritis Sufferers

June 2, 2009 — The results of a new analysis have provided good evidence to suggest that tai chi is beneficial for arthritis. Specifically, it was shown to decrease pain with trends towards improving overall ... > full story

Tai Chi Relieves Arthritis Pain, Improves Reach, Balance, Well-Being, Study Suggests

November 8, 2010 — A new study found that there are significant benefits of Tai Chi for individuals with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and ... > full story

Elderly's Restless Nights Helped By Ancient Martial Art

June 21, 2008 — More than half of all older adults complain about having difficulties sleeping. Most don't bother seeking treatment. Those who do usually turn to medications, which can lead to other health problems. ... > full story

Tai Chi Exercises Improve Type 2 Diabetes Control, Study Suggests

April 2, 2008 — Tai Chi exercises can improve the control of type 2 diabetes, suggests a small study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Tai Chi Chuan is a traditional Chinese martial art, which combines deep ... > full story

Professor Uses Tai Chi To Fight Degenerative Nerve Disease

January 24, 2007 — Peripheral neuropathy is a degenerative nerve disease with no cure and few effective treatment options -- until now. Li Li, professor of kinesiology at LSU, is conducting a study into the benefits of ... > full story

Practicing Tai Chi Boosts Immune System In Older Adults

March 24, 2007 — Tai chi chih, the Westernized version of the 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art characterized by slow movement and meditation, significantly boosts the immune systems of older adults against the ... > full story

Traditional Chinese Exercises May Increase Efficacy Of Flu Vaccine

August 14, 2007 — Preliminary research suggests that older adults who adopt an exercise regimen combining Taiji and Qigong may get an extra boost from their annual flu shot. Although the study had certain limitations ... > full story