Tai chi is an ancient physical activity and evidence based exercise for improving balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and consequently, it is effective in preventing falls. It is also a body-mind exercise, which promotes concentration and clarity of mind. Doctors now recommend tai chi to their patients. The Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC -USA) recommends the Tai Chi for Arthritis.
The Canadian Family Physician Journal published a study about the health benefits of tai chi. The study found that "during the past 45 years more than 500 trials and 120 systematic reviews have been published on the health benefits of tai chi. Systematic reviews of tai chi for specific conditions indicate excellent evidence of benefit for preventing falls, osteoarthritis, Parkinson disease, rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and improving cognitive capacity in older adults. There is good evidence of benefit for depression, cardiac and stroke rehabilitation, and dementia. There is fair evidence of benefit for improving quality of life for cancer patients, fibromyalgia, hypertension, and osteoporosis....”.