Tai Chi: A Gentle Prescription



Despite its slow movements, Tai Chi may provide relief for some patients with chronic diseases.

A new study from Canada found that Tai Chi may improve symptoms and quality of life for patients with breast cancer, heart failure, osteoarthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — without worsening pain or breathlessness.

"The results demonstrated a favorable effect or tendency of Tai Chi to improve physical performance and showed that this type of exercise could
be performed by individuals with different chronic conditions, including COPD, HF and OA," wrote lead study author Yi-Wen Chen, PhD, a PhD candidate in physical therapy at the University of Toronto.