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T’ai Chi: Health vs. Science

At first sight, to those that know little about it, T’ai Chi can look like a strange form of exercise. But the truth is there’s more going on than meets the eye.

And because of the benefits it brings to many people who engage in it, T’ai Chi is often studied from two different viewpoints: Health and Science.

Health

T’ai Chi is performed by slow, flowing movements with body weight and balance constantly shifting. This strengthens the legs and aids mobility by conditioning ligaments, tendons and muscles of the ankles, knees and hips.

The knock-on effect of this is a more balanced body, smoother movement and in older people, less falls. So even if you can only practice T’ai Chi for 15 to 20 minutes a day, you’ll reduce stress levels, increase your stamina and strengthen your whole body.

This has been proven in medical tests and is now becoming more widely recognised in medical circles.

In fact, many now accept that regular T’ai Chi exercise can lead to:

  • Reduction in the risk of hypertension
  • Increased intake of oxygen that often leads to more efficient breathing
  • Increase of cardiovascular stamina
  • Stress hormone reduction
  • Heightened mood

Science

The Scientific community are also discovering more benefits by studying T’ai Chi.

By observing the tiniest organisms in the body, they’ve noticed that T’ai Chi works on atoms and molecules. In fact, this has become a major area of research into what T’ai Chi can, and cannot do, in our bodies.

T’ai Chi exercises different parts of the body

It’s widely accepted that any type of physical activity promotes the circulation of an energy that travels through all your muscles, nerves and membranes used to support and separate internal organs. T’ai Chi decreases harmful chemicals in the body that attack cells and cause ill health.

So it stands to reason that T’ai Chi – if practiced regularly – will promote healthy bodily changes by increasing your blood circulation. Blood flows easier around the vessels, thus reducing the risk of heart attack.

Not only that, recent studies have shown great benefits for older people…

People who are in their 80s and 90s are less prone to falling and their blood pressure decreased after practicing regular T’ai Chi.

So there are lots of very encouraging research results on both sides of the Health and Science communities that support the beneficial aspects of T’ai Chi.

Let’s hope there’s more to come!

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