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Today Tai Chi and Qigong are more often practised for health than for self defence, thanks to the fact that they are basically very enjoyable, relaxing exercises that are also very social. There are many human conditions that can benefit from regular practise of these ancient art forms.

Stroke survivors and those at risk urged to focus on yoga and tai chi

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University of South Australia, Nov 2018

One of Australia's biggest health issues could be checked if more people took up yoga or tai chi and reduced their blood pressure, an Australian study has found.

Healing from the inside out

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Arizona State University

ASU investigators are part of a group studying how Tai Chi can help ease post-cancer treatment symptoms

When the students are ready, the teachers will appear.

And they did.

The instructors came in the forms of a gray-haired Baby Boomer from California and a lean, gentle Korean from Down Under. They were standing in Phoenix’s Civic Space Park to teach a group of 15 people the healing properties of Tai Chi and Qigong.

Dr. Roger Jahnke asked the pack of ASU staff members and graduate students to loosen up with a repertoire of breathing techniques and slow, fluid body movements.

Tai chi can help older patients with disabling conditions

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Denis Campbell, Health policy editor - Guardian

GPs should prescribe sessions of Chinese exercises, study says, after finding it helps patients with breathing problems, osteoarthritis and heart disease.

Tai chi can relieve some of the most crippling symptoms of disabling conditions such as osteoarthritis, heart disease and chronic breathing problems in older people, a study shows.

A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

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Roger Jahnke OMD, Linda Larkey PhD, Carol Rogers, Jennifer Etnier PhD and Fang Lin. PMC 2011 Jul 1

A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi, published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.