Oregon study: Tai chi helps ease symptoms of Parkinson’s The New England Journal of Medicine Feb 9.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The ancient Chinese exercise of tai chi improved balance and lowered the risk of falls in a study of people with Parkinson’s disease.
Tai chi, with its slow, graceful movements, has been shown to improve strength and aid stability in older people, and has been studied for a number of ailments. In the latest study, led by Fuzhong Li of the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, tai chi was tested in 195 people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s.
The findings are in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine. The study was paid for by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.