Health Benefits of Tai Chi Exercise: A Guide for Nurses

Sally M. Miller, Cindy Hui-Lio, Ruth E. Taylor-Piliae

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Tai chi is an ancient Chinese internal martial art that has increased in popularity across the United States over the past 2 decades. Tai chi combines gentle physical movement, mental imagery, and natural, relaxed breathing. There is increasing scientific evidence showing the impact of tai chi exercise on multifaceted areas of health and well-being, including positive effects on cognition, depression, anxiety, sleep, cardiovascular health, and fall prevention. A review of the health benefits of tai chi exercise is presented, as well as recommendations for nurses seeking to answer patient questions about tai chi.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-600
Number of pages20
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Cognition
  • Depression
  • Fall prevention
  • Heart failure
  • Sleep
  • Stroke
  • Tai chi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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