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Effects of Tai Chi on psychological well-being

Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston, reviewed the evidence supporting this low impact mind-body exercise.

First, the details.

  • 40 studies totaling 3817 people were identified.

And, the results.

  • In 23 of 33 studies, participants were assigned to a treatment group that included 1 hour to 1 year of regular Tai Chi, with the following significant results in community-dwelling healthy participants and in patients with chronic conditions.
    • Increased psychological well-being
    • Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression
    • Enhanced mood and emotion
  • 7 observational studies with relatively large populations reinforced the beneficial association between Tai Chi practice and psychological health.
    • In an observational study, assignment of participants to a treated or comparison group is outside the control of the researcher .

The bottom line?

After 40 studies, the authors still want more. You know the old saying, “If your a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Well, if your a researcher, everything looks like it needs…

However, they concluded, “Tai Chi appears to be associated with improvements in psychological well-being including reduced stress, anxiety, depression and mood disturbance, and increased self-esteem.”

5/22/10 11:59 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.