Paris: A review of medical studies gavethe thumbs-up on Monday to tai chi as a way of preventingfalls and improving mental health in the elderly, but does notconfirm other claims made for the Chinese martial art. British and South Korean researchers looked at 35assessments of tai chi found in English-language, Chinese andKorean databases. There was "convincingly positive" evidence that, amongthe elderly, practicising tai chi helped sense of balance andboosted psychological wellbeing. However, the sport "seems to be ineffective" fortreating the symptoms of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, theauthors said.
It is based on tenets in Confucian and Buddhistphilosophies that there are two opposing life forces, yin andyang, which govern health. Ill health results from an imbalance in these forces,but it can be corrected by tai chi, according to thesebeliefs.PTI
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