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Art Martial Interne, Internal Martial Art, Méditation en Mouvement, Moving Meditation, Qi Gong, Qigong, Tai-Chi, Tai Chi Chih, Tai Chi Martial Arts, Taichí, Taiji, Tie Chee.

TAI CHI Overview
TAI CHI Side Effects
TAI CHI Interactions
TAI CHI Overview Information

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art consisting of exercise, breathing, and meditation. Tai chi is a specific form of Qi gong.

A standardized form of tai chi, called tai chi chih, which has only 20 moves is practiced in western countries.

Tai chi is used for improving general health, balance, and digestion; preventing falls; strengthening and conditioning muscles; and promoting relaxation. It is also used for treating osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, pain, depression, stress, and fatigue.

Tai chi is not regulated in any way and there are no specific standards for training. Practitioners of tai chi are not considered health professionals in North America. However, in China, tai chi is often practiced along with conventional modern medicine.

How does it work?

Tai chi is an exercise of low-to-moderate intensity that involves breathing, meditation, and fluid physical movements. There is not enough known about tai chi to understand how it might work for medical conditions.

TAI CHI Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Preventing falls. Some research shows that tai chi might help improve balance and reduce falls in older adults, including people with Parkinson's disease. But other research did not find that it helped.
  • Improving general health.
  • Improving balance.
  • Improving digestion.
  • Promoting relaxation.
  • Strengthening and conditioning muscles.
  • Osteoarthritis .
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Pain.
  • Depression.
  • Stress.
  • Fatigue.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate tai chi for these uses.

TAI CHI Side Effects & Safety

There are no known safety concerns. Side effects have not been described in any studies evaluating tai chi.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough information to know whether tai chi is safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding. If you are pregnant, check with your healthcare provider before starting tai chi or any other exercise program.

TAI CHI Interactions What is this?

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