The Mind Body Connection
Information published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine. This paper provides back ground information on Taiji (Tai Chi) for health purposes.
Mind-body medicine focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and on the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health.
Following is a systematic review of the reported medical benefits of Taiji. The study concludes there are benefits to both the physiological and psycho-social benefits and also appears to be safe and effective in promoting balance control, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness in older patients with chronic conditions. It also concludes there are limitations or biases that exist in previous studies and recommends that additional rigorous testing is needed.