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Does Tai Chi help against cancer?

Tai chi is a mind-body, self-healing system that is an ancient Chinese form of martial arts that uses movement, meditation, and breathing to improve health and well-being. Tai chi is based on the theory of yin and yang (the interaction of opposite forces) and is thought to balance the flow of vital energy or life force (called chi) to improve general health and extend life. It incorporates slow, graceful movements with rhythmic breathing to relax the body as well as the mind and reduce stress. The deep breathing and physical movements are a good source of exercise and are associated with improved posture, flexibility, agility, balance, and circulation. Meditative concentration focuses on a point just below the navel, from which it is thought that chi radiates throughout the body, as a series of gentle, deliberate movements called forms are performed. Each form consists of 20 to 100 individual movements and derives its name from nature (e.g. “Wave hands like a cloud”). Tai chi can be a useful adjunct to conventional therapy, especially as part of a physical rehabilitation program after surgery; however, there is no evidence that it can cure of prevent cancer.


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