Tai chi is a Chinese martial art consisting of exercise, breathing, and meditation. Tai chi is a specific form of Qi gong.
Tai chi is used for improving general health, balance, and digestion; preventing falls; strengthening and conditioning muscles and improving exercise ability; and promoting relaxation. It is also used for treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, various kinds of pain, sleep problems, depression, stress, and fatigue. Tai chi is used to improve physical and mental health in the elderly, as well as for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, lung problems, Parkinson's disease, and brain injuries and surgery.
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.
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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.
It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines.
Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
There are no known interactions with foods.
The appropriate or safe use of tai chi depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.
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