Here are some of the articles that have appeared in research and health
publications since about 1990.
Studies by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), launched in1990:
Two studies, one by Steven L Wolf, PhD, and the other by Leslie Wolfson, MD, and collegues, found that Tai Chi was effective
in improving balance and strength among older people. Older people taking part in a 15 week Tai Chi program reduced their
risk of falling by 47.5%.
The Harvard Health Letter (21:11, 1996) reports a study in the May 1996 Journal of the American
Geriatrics Society, showing that the slow and precise movements of Tai Chi Chuan improved the balance of seniors.
The University of California, Berkeley, Wellness Letter, 1998, cites the benefits of the "smooth, balanced,
and low-impact" exercise to health.
The CIGNA newsleter, Wellbeing, winter, 1998, advises that Tai Chi Chuan has been shown
to increase immunity, reduce stress, alleviate gastric problems, hypertension, and other ailments.
The Harvard Woman's Health Watch, Dec 2000, article, "Tai Chi: Meditative movement for Health" cites
the benefits for women, and lists Master William C.C. Chen's video's as a selected Woman's Health Watch
The Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2001; 23:139-146, documents improvements over a 6 month period in
physical functions in daily and more strenuous activities.
The Archives of Internal Medicine, Mar 8 2004, report many benefits to heart, circular system, and joint
problems, as well as other chronic health conditions. The study was done by
Wang Cnenchen, MD, at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, Mass.