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For centuries, Tai Chi Chuan has been practiced in Asia to improve well-being and reduce stress. Recently this discipline of body and mind has aroused the interest of Western researchers. A survey on research on Tai chi chuan, published in English from 1989 to today, highlights clinical studies including elderly subjects, patients with cardio vascular complications, patients with chronic diseases, and patients who could derive psychological benefits from the practice of Tai chi chuan. Only studies with elderly subjects and with patients with heart problems allow, by project and size, to draw conclusions on the efficacy of Tai chi chuan; while the others, involving a limited number of subjects, still provide limited information on the benefits of Tai chi chuan. At the same time the awareness is spreading that cancer patients present a multiplicity of needs related to physical recovery, risks for the cardiovascular system, psychological distress. Tai chi chuan can benefit these patients psychically and physically thanks to its dual aspect of meditation and exercise. Here is a selection of the aforementioned items:

Impact of Tai Chi exercise on multiple fracture-related risk factors in post-menopausal osteopenic women: a pilot pragmatic, randomized trial
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012, 12:7 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-7

Peter M Wayne (pwayne@partners.org)
Douglas P Kiel (Kiel@hsl.harvard.edu)
Julie E Buring (jburing@rics.bwh.harvard.edu)
Ellen M Connors (ECONNORS@PARTNERS.ORG)
Paolo Bonato (pbonato@partners.org)
Gloria Y Yeh (gyeh@bidmc.harvard.edu)
Calvin J Cohen (calcohenmd@aol.com)
Chiara Mancinelli (CMANCINELLI@PARTNERS.ORG)
Roger B Davis (rdavis@bidmc.harvard.edu)

ISSN 1472-6882
Article type Research article
Submission date 30 August 2011
Acceptance date 30 January 2012
Publication date 30 January 2012
Article URL http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/12/7

Tai Chi (TC) is a mind-body exercise that shows potential as an effective and safe intervention for preventing fall-related fractures in the elderly. Few randomized trials have simultaneously evaluated TC’s potential to reduce bone loss and improve fall-predictive balance parameters in osteopenic women.... .

© 2012 Wayne et al. ; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0),
which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Tai Chi Chuan: Mind-Body Practice or Exercise Intervention? Studying the Benefit for Cancer Survivors Patrick Mansky, MD

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, Maryland, mailto:manskyp@mail.nih.gov

Tai chi chuan (TCC) has been used as a mind-body practice in Asian culture for centuries to improve wellness and reduce stress and has recently received attention by researchers as an exercise intervention. A review of the English literature on research in TCC published from 1989 to 2006 identified 20 prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trials... .

Integrative Cancer Therapies, Vol. 5, No. 3, 192-201 (2006)
DOI: 10.1177/1534735406291590
© 2006 SAGE Publications: http://ict.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/5/3/192?ct

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Tai chi for treating rheumatoid arthritis (Review)Han A, Judd M, Welch V, Wu T, Tugwell P, Wells GA

published in The Cochrane Library 2009, Issue 1

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Tai Chi for Disease Activity and Flexibility in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis—A Controlled Clinical Trial
Eun-Nam Lee1, Young-Hee Kim1, Won Tae Chung2 and Myeong Soo Lee3

Advance Access Publication 13 July 2007



Randomized Controlled Trial of Tai Chi for Tension Headaches
Ryan B. Abbott1, Ka-Kit Hui1, Ron D. Hays2, Ming-Dong Li1 and Timothy Pan1

Advance Access Publication 12 August 2006

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Effects of a Behavioral Intervention, Tai Chi Chih, on Varicella-Zoster Virus Specific Immunity and Health Functioning in Older Adults
Michael R. Irwin, MD, Jennifer L. Pike, PhD, Jason C. Cole, PhD and Michael N. Oxman,MD

Psychosomatic Medicine 65:824-830 (2003)
© 2003 American Psychosomatic Society

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Intense Tai Chi Exercise Training and Fall Occurrences in Older, Transitionally Frail Adults: A Randomized, Controlled Trial
Steven L.Wolf, PhD, FAPTA,RichardW. Sattin, MD,w Michael Kutner, PhD, Michael O’Grady, MD,Arlene I. Greenspan, DrPH, and Robert J. Gregor, PhD
2003 by the American Geriatrics Society

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Tai Chi -- an Innovative Approach to Reduce Falling in the Elderly

Published in Journal Watch Cardiology August 1, 1996

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