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The History and Benefits of Tai Chi

Tai Chi helps improve muscle strength, balance, and flexibility, and is especially helpful for patients suffering from Arthritis, Parkinson's Disease, low bone density, or recovering from a stroke.

Mind-body medicine engages the mind and its influence on our body and behavior. Thereby, it affects physical functioning and promotes health. Mind-body techniques include the practice of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a form of Qigong that is comprised of soft, flowing movements and specific body postures. It is based on Chinese philosophy, Taoism and Confucianism. Tai Chi practise helps to maintain the flow of Qi, which contributes to physical and emotional health. It has also been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of a wide array of medical conditions when practised in conjunction with conventional Western medicine. Witness the life-changing story of a woman, who practised Tai Chi to regain her life, health and vitality.


This video is a student multimedia project completed for Medicine 180: Introduction to East-West Medicine, an integrative medicine course offered in the summer. For more information about this course or to enroll, click here to go to the course page on the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine website.

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