The true origins of tai chi remain a mystery, but the concepts are rooted in Chinese history, Taoism, and Confucianism.
The founder of tai chi is believed to be Zhang Sanfeng, a 12th-century Taoist monk. Some stories claim that Zhang Sanfeng left his monastery to become a hermit and that he created a form of fighting based on softness.
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There are different styles of tai chi, each has a unique set of methods and principles, lineage, and date of origin. Some of these forms of tai chi lean towards health, while others stress competition or self-defense.
Is a martial art safe for most people of all ages, as it does not put much stress on the muscles and joints. It combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.
Research indicates that tai chi may improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility while reducing pain and the symptoms of anxiety and depression in some cases.
"excellent evidence" that tai chi appears to helpful for Parkinson's disease, osteoarthritis, preventing falls, improving cognitive function in older adults, and rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Improves cognitive functioning, particularly in older adults.
Prevents falls in older adults and Parkinson’s and stroke sufferers by improving their balance.
Ameliorates back pain and cancer-related fatigue.
Helps to rehabilitate the heart of people with chronic heart failure.
Tai chi is a traditional Chinese form of exercise based in martial arts that involves slow movements and deep breaths.
Tai chi brings many physical and emotional benefits like decreased anxiety and depression and improvements in cognition and chronic disease management.