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Below are resources to learn more about the health benefits of tai chi. Click on underlined titles to view the article or web page. 

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi by Peter M. Wayne, PhD, with Mark L. Fuerst, Harvard Health Publications 2013.

Research from the Harvard Medical School demonstrates that Tai Chi provides a beneficial impact on the health of the people who practice. This book, written by a longtime Tai Chi teacher and a researcher at Harvard Medical School, provides an illustrated program of Tai Chi, tips to integrate it into everyday activities, an introduction to the basic philosophy, and more. 

Tai Chi for Balance Vestibular Disorders Association

This webpage provides health benefits of tai chi for balance, especially for people with inner ear disorders.

Get Fit For Life: Exercise & Physical Activity for Healthy Aging National Institute on Aging

This guide can help you learn about the many types and benefits of exercise and physical activity, find out how to get started, reduce your health risks by doing activities safely, and celebrate your progress. It includes several references to tai chi in the balance and arthritis sections.

Medical Literature

Tai Chi Health Benefits, Rex Archer, MD MPH, Director, Population and Public Health, Kansas City University, Presentation July 2022.

Health benefits of tai chi: What is the evidence? Can Fam Physician. 2016 Nov; 62(11): 881-890. This conclusion of this article states: "There is abundant evidence on the health and fitness effects of tai chi. Based on this, physicians can now offer evidence-based recommendations to their patients."

Tai Chi and Qi Gong: What do you need to know National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, March 2022.

This web page includes a list of journal articles on tai chi and specific diseases (journal articles may be subscription based). Topics include tai chi and: fall prevention, pain reduction, chronic disease, and dementia.