17 May '11, 2am

Tai Chi improves mental health in elderly: study

PARIS : A review of medical studies gave the thumbs-up on to Tai Chi as a way of 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 disease, muscle strength, osteoporosis and other conditions. Many studies were flawed because they had a poor design or were at high risk of bias. For instance, they enrolled o...

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