What is Tai Chi?

Category: Exercises

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Tai Chi ("Ultimate fist") is a Chinese martial art emphasizing breathing, slow controlled movements, and balance. It is a low-impact form of exercise which has been shown to have health benefits and is suitable even for those with movement problems.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Tai Chi

Severe
1
Moderate
2
Mild
1
None
21

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Tai Chi

Patients
2
Patients
1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently doing Tai Chi)
Dosage
weekly
Patients
10
Dosage
daily
Patients
7
Dosage
2 hr weekly
Patients
6
Dosage
20 min daily
Patients
6
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
5
Dosage
120 min weekly
Patients
4
Dosage
1 hr weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
20minutes as needed
Patients
2
Dosage
3 hr weekly
Patients
2
Dosage
20 min weekly
Patients
2

Dosages based on patients currently doing Tai Chi.

Why Patients Stopped Doing Tai Chi (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
10
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
5
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
4
Reason
I didn't have enough time
Patients
4
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
3
Reason
Expense
Patients
2
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
2
See all 24 patients who’ve stopped doing Tai Chi

Duration

Currently Doing Tai Chi
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
0
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
2
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
21
Stopped Doing Tai Chi
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
2
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
3
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
7
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
4
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
2

Adherence


Always
Patients
11
44%
Usually
Patients
9
36%
Sometimes
Patients
5
20%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
0
0%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
2
8%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
7
28%
A little hard to take
Patients
9
36%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
7
28%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
4
16%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
5
20%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
9
36%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
7
28%
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5 patient evaluations for Tai Chi

holmesa
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holmesa
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Off
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See holmesa's full Tai Chi history

May 31, 2015 (Started Sep 13, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Dec 8, 2008 (Started Sep 13, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 45 min Weekly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Tulabee
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Tulabee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See Tulabee's full Tai Chi history

Feb 1, 2015 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 5 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I will find a class not that my work hours are reduced. Looking forward to feeling better. stay tuned.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 25, 2014 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 5 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I still try to do 1 sun salutation every morning, every day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 18, 2013 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I have gone back to the arthritis for Tai Chi form. I try to do it before i leave the house. I would like to do more, but haven't made effort.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 23, 2011 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I can't tell yet, but i trust what i've read about it helping with balance.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
hskiles
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hskiles
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: None
function: All
external_stress: All
Stickman: little
Description:F36y
CFS:11y Dx
FM:8y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See hskiles's full Tai Chi history

Mar 23, 2009 (Started Mar 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I really love doing Tai Chi. I have a hard time finding the time or the energy to do it. When I have the energy and the girls go to bed like they should, that's when I get the time to do it. It was $30 for the video/ball set and yoga mat at Target. And, the instructor is not bad looking either.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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