SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 1 (UPI) — A U.S. review indicates Tai Chi and Qigong bring significant health benefits among older adults, researchers say.
Qigong is a general term — combining “qi” for energy and “gong” for work or exercise — while the more specific Tai Chi, which has a long written history over 19 generations, focuses on a series of 24 to 108 movements.
Linda Larkey of Arizona State University reports there is strong evidence the two interventions offer help for physical function, bone health, heart improvement, lung function improvement and fall prevention, in addition to psychological and quality-of-life benefits.
Larkey and colleagues reviewed 77 Tai Chi and Qigong randomized-controlled trials published from 1993 to 2007.
The review, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, involved 6,410 participants with an average age of 55. However, 80 was the average age for the studies looking at balance.
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