A systematic review by Danish authors has found moderate evidence for short-term improvement of pain, physical function and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who practice tai chi.

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A Mexican research team reports that practising tai chi produces a greater antioxidant effect in the body than walking.

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Chinese scientists report that long-term tai chi practice can induce regional structural changes in practitioners’ brains.

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A Hong Kong study has found that compared to controls, qigong (10 bi-weekly classes and 12 weeks home practice) significantly improved total fatigue, physical fatigue and depression in patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23983785

 

A Chinese study published in the journal Cancer reports that just five weekly sessions of qigong resulted in reduced depression and fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer, compared to controls.

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