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The Benefits of Tai Chi

An ancient Chinese form of martial arts is now helping patients suffering from Parkinson's disease

The art of tai chi has been practiced for hundreds of years, not only for self-defense training, but also as a way to promote many health benefits.


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Tai chi is a martial art that relies heavily on the use of balance and strength. Its implementation of high motor skills has been favorable for many people who have serious physical issues. Fuzhong Li, a senior research scientist for the Oregon Research Institute, saw the benefits associated with tai chi, and decided that it would be a great tool for combating the negative effects of Parkinson's disease and arthritis.

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