Tai Chi Practice Has Multiple Therapeutic Benefits

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Feb 01, 2005

A growing body of knowledge supports the health benefits of regular tai chi practice. Evidence from a comprehensive review of more than 200 studies confirms the therapeutic value of tai chi practice for improving quality of life, pain management and physical function (including activity tolerance and cardiovascular function); reducing the risk of falls; enhancing immune response; and increasing flexibility, strength, balance and kinesthetic awareness. The review was published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2004; 83, 735–45).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.