Understanding Tai Chi as a Health Practice
February 23, 2023
Keith Donnelly

Tai Chi is defined as a system of continuous and flowing movement. Although many people consider it a branch of martial art, it has many health benefits. It is similar to yoga in that regard. Some of the moves practiced in Tai Chi, named after the literal physical movement, include: “Seven Stars,” “Grasping the Bird Tail,” and “Single Whip .” Originating in China, Tai Chi was a common mind-body exercise that was increasingly used to improve posture. However, with time, it proved to be highly beneficial beyond its primary use of posture alignment.

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One of its many benefits is the standard relief from pain. But it is more feasible and accessible for older people with multiple complaints of joint and muscle pain that prevents them from regular exercise and aerobic activity. As a low-impact practice, Tai Chi enables not only a pain intensity to be remarkably lowered but also positively impacts the practitioner’s mental health by regulating their cognition and introducing a feeling of peace and comfort. It also improves the quality of life by tremendously lessening depression, psychological distress, and insomnia.

Tai Chi is remarkable in how it increases the body’s overall immunity. It increases the production of antibodies in the body and T-cells after vaccinations. Moreover, it also increases the overall bone density of the practitioner by improving their leg strength, balance, and mobility, preventing them from frequent accidental falls.

Furthermore, the practice of Tai Chi is also well known for increasing energy levels for people diagnosed with diseases that cause chronic fatigue. One such disease is cancer, and Tai Chi essentially regulates the functioning of the nervous system. Tai Chi also shows how physical fatigue during illness can stem from emotional exhaustion and presents a remedy right at the core of this implicit intersection.

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