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A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

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  • Tai Chi, a branch of Qigong, has been practiced for over 2,000 years. Frequently described as meditation in motion, the activity takes you through a set of slow, gentle movements while you focus on your breath
  • Tai Chi and/or Qigong may be particularly beneficial for the elderly and those struggling with chronic pain conditions, thanks to its low impact. You can even do Tai Chi if you’re confined to a wheelchair
  • Some of the strongest evidence supports Qigong for conditions relating to pain and fatigue, lung and cardiovascular function, balance and coordination, stress and anxiety, and general immune function

By Dr. Mercola

Tai Chi, a branch of Qigong, has been practiced for over 2,000 years. Qigong has an even longer history, dating back about 5,000 years. Originating in China, these exercises are said to balance and harness qi (also spelled chi), or "life energy," and is frequently described as meditation in motion, as the activity takes you through a set of slow, gentle movements while you focus on your breath. Just looking at it, it may seem like these exercises do little in terms of exercising your body, but appearances can be deceptive.


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