17 May '11, 12am

Tai chi helps improve balance & mental health in elderly, but is 'ineffective' at treating cancer & arthritis: Study

Tai chi helps improve balance & mental health in elderly, but is 'ineffective' at treating cancer & arthritis: Study

Tai chi chuan (tai ji quan) students practice on April 30, 2011 at a square of Havana, to celebrate the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS - A REVIEW of medical studies gave the thumbs-up on Monday to tai chi as a way of preventing falls and improving mental health in the elderly, but does not confirm other claims made for the Chinese martial art. British and South Korean researchers looked at 35 assessments of tai chi found in English-language, Chinese and Korean databases. There was 'convincingly positive' evidence that, among the elderly, practicising tai chi helped sense of balance and boosted psychological wellbeing. However, the sport 'seems to be ineffective' for treating the symptoms of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, the authors said. The evidence was contradictory as to whether tai chi improved high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular ...

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