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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.

The Effects of Tai Chi on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Meta-Analysis

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The Effects of Tai Chi on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Meta-Analysis

Objective: To investigate the effects of Tai chi in type 2 diabetes mellitus (type-2 DM) patients using systematic review and meta-analysis.

Methods: Seven electronic resource databases were searched, and randomized controlled trials on the role of Tai chi in type-2 DM patients were retrieved. The meta-analysis was performed with RevMan 5.3, and research quality evaluation was conducted with the modified Jadad scale.

Results: Fourteen studies, with 798 individuals related to the intervention of Tai chi on diabetes, were included. The results showed that, compared with nonexercise, Tai chi had the effect of lowering fasting blood glucose [MD = -1.39, 95% CI (-1.95, -0.84), P < 0.0001] and the subgroup effect size decreased with the increase of total exercise amount, there is no significant difference between Tai chi and other aerobic exercises [MD = -0.50, 95% CI (-1.02, 0.02), P = 0.06]; compared with nonexercise, Tai chi could reduce HbA1c [MD = -0.21, 95% CI (-0.61, 0.19), P = 0.31], and the group effect size decreased with the increase of total exercise amount. The reducing HbA1c effect of Tai chi was better than that of other aerobic exercises, but the difference was at the margin of statistical significance [MD = -0.19, 95% CI (-0.37, 0.00), P = 0.05]; compared with nonexercise, Tai chi had the effect of reducing 2 h postprandial blood glucose [MD = -2.07, 95% CI (-2.89, -1.26), P = 0.0002], there is no significant difference between Tai chi and other aerobic exercises in reducing 2 h postprandial blood glucose [MD = -0.44, 95% CI (-1.42, 0.54), P = 0.38].

Conclusion: Tai chi can effectively affect the management of blood glucose and HbA1c in type-2 DM patients. Long-term adherence to Tai chi has a better role in reducing blood glucose and HbA1c levels in type 2 DM patients

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

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.

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Healing from the inside out

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.

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Tai chi can help older patients with disabling conditions

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.

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