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Tai Chi Can Help Curb Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Woman doing tai chi at the park with her dog and wearing a facemask

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A traditional Chinese martial art, known as Tai Chi, involves sequences of slow, controlled movements that cultivate one of the three kinds of vital energies and is found to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease in a new study.

Patients who had Parkinson's and took up Tai Chi needed lower doses of the required drugs according to the findings of the study.

“Disease progression was slower at all monitoring points in the Tai Chi group, as assessed by three validated scales to assess overall symptoms, movement, and balance,” said study author Dr. Gen Li from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine.

“The number of patients who needed to increase their medication in the comparison group was also significantly higher than it was in the Tai Chi Group. Cognitive function deteriorated more slowly in the Tai Chi group as did other non-movement symptoms, while sleep and quality of life continuously improved,” he added.

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