Test results prove Tai chi is more than just a mind game or a placebo, and that it really works.
The group, headed by professor by Li Li, in an ongoing study are conducting periodic scientific and medical testing to track each patient's progress as they continue with the program.
Other, more traditional methods of treatment, including walking and light machines, are also being studied to compare the results to those gained from tai chi, but so far it is still the undisputed winner, producing improved flexibility, sensation and overall health.
Most patients report a significant decrease in falls, increased confidence walking and standing and are able to stop using walkers or canes after consistent and extensive participation.
What was once a simple comparison between two forms of exercise walking and Tai chi has now developed into a full-fledged study, utilizing the expertise of bio-mechanists, psychologists, physiologists and many others in order to gain a better understanding of the actual impact this exercise produces.
"People wouldn't come if it wasn't doing something. I mean, some of these people travel 50 to 100 miles round trip just to make it to our classes. For many of them, if they couldn’t t come to our sessions, which are offered free of charge, they couldn't afford to go anywhere else," Li said.
"We're seeing great results, and we're very excited. Some people started the program unable to stand, even with assistance, for more than five minutes. Today, these same people have no trouble standing independently," Li added.