Tai chi is a Chinese martial art consisting of exercise, breathing, and meditation. Tai chi is a specific form of Qi gong.
A standardized form of tai chi, called tai chi chih, which has only 20 moves is practiced in western countries.
Tai chi is used for improving general health, balance, and digestion; preventing falls; strengthening and conditioning muscles; and promoting relaxation. It is also used for treating osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, pain, depression, stress, and fatigue.
Tai chi is not regulated in any way and there are no specific standards for training. Practitioners of tai chi are not considered health professionals in North America. However, in China, tai chi is often practiced along with conventional modern medicine.
Natural Medicines rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
The effectiveness ratings for TAI CHI are as follows:
More evidence is needed to rate tai chi for these uses.
There are no known safety concerns. Side effects have not been described in any studies evaluating tai chi.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough information to know whether tai chi is safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding. If you are pregnant, check with your healthcare provider before starting tai chi or any other exercise program.
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