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Tai Chi Benefits People with Hypertension

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Dec 12, 2013

Mind-Body-Spirit News

A recent literature review of over 300 randomized, clinical trials found encouraging evidence that tai chi practice can help people with high blood pressure. The reviewers noted, however, that more high-quality, scientifically rigorous studies are needed to confirm the benefits and to clarify any risks of adverse side effects.

Scientists from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences and Tsinghua University, both in Beijing, conducted the review, available in Evidence-Based Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2013; doi: 10.1155/2013/215254).

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