T’ai Chi and Longevity

T’ai Chi and Longevity

A five year study of mortality in 61,000 men has determined that practitioners  of T’ai Chi were less likely to die than non-practitioners.

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Dr. Zhang noted that the findings are consistent with other studies that found health benefits related to this form of qigong (chi kung, chi gong) exercise.  “It combines slow motion exercise and mind concentration to focus on movement. That itself can reduce your stress and, of course, it will increase your flexibility and endurance,” said Dr. Zhang.  Zhang said the findings support tai chi as a healthy activity, “I think for the elderly people, especially to maintain flexibility and balance, this is a good option for people to consider.”**

Research has shown T’ai Chi can be performed in as little as 10 minutes a day,  is beneficial for persons with many chronic conditions, including, but not limited to fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, menopause, insomnia, stress and mental health in students, and by improving balance among the elderly.

Dr. Chenchen Wang, director of the Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, told Reuters that the results are interesting, and “they provide a very important foundation for future research.” © 2013 Keith E. Hall Inner-tranquility.com All rights reserved.

*American Journal of Epidemiology, doi: 10.1093/aje/kwt050  online June 27, 2013.

**Reuters online editon, Thursday July 18, 2013

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