Specific Health Purposes

Benefits

The three Tai Chi components can –

  • Massage the internal organs
  • Help the digestive system work better
  • Increase calmness and awareness
  • Improve balance

Reasons to Practice

People practice tai chi for various health purposes, such as:

Benefits from exercise

  • Tai chi is a low-impact form of exercise.
  • It is a weight-bearing exercise that can have certain
    health benefits–for example, to the bones.
  • It is an aerobic exercise.
  • To improve physical condition, muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility.

Benefits for the elderly

  • To have better balance and a lower risk for falls, especially in elderly people.
  • To ease pain and stiffness — for example, from arthritis.

Mental Well Being

  • For health benefits that may be experienced from meditation.
  • To improve sleep.
  • For overall wellness.

Many people practice tai chi for health purposes.

In the United States, a 2002 national survey on Americans’ use of CAM found that 1.3 percent of the 31,000 survey participants had used tai chi for health reasons in the year before the survey.

Tai chi is widely practiced in China (including in its hospitals and clinics) and in other countries with a substantial native-Chinese population. In Asia, many people consider tai chi to be the most beneficial exercise for older people, because it is gentle and can be modified easily if a person has health limitations.