Tai chi, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine - a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. (CAM). Tai chi is sometimes referred to as “moving meditation”practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply.
Many people practice tai chi to improve their health and well-being.
Scientific research is under way to learn more about how tai chi may work, its possible effects on health, and chronic diseases and conditions for which it may be helpful.
Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, an estimated 2.3 million U.S. adults had used tai chi in the past 12 months.
People practice tai chi for various health-related purposes, such as:
For benefits associated with low-impact, weight-bearing, aerobic exercise
To improve physical condition, muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility
To improve balance and decrease the risk of falls, especially in elderly people
To ease pain and stiffnessfor example, from osteoarthritis
To improve sleep
For overall wellness.
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