Researchers say tai chi could slow the progression of Parkinson's disease by years. Tai chi is known to benefit physical and mental health. A study from a university in Shanghai found that Parkinson's progressed at a slower rate in people who practiced tai chi. Researchers observed fewer falls and less dizziness in those who did tai chi. Moreover, the cognitive function of tai chi practitioners worsened more slowly.
Parkinson's is a disorder that affects the nerves and muscles. It causes uncontrollable movements, and difficulty with balance and coordination. A famous person with Parkinson's was the heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali. The researchers said tai chi could keep Parkinson's at bay for years. They said: "The long-term beneficial effect of tai chi…could prolong the time without disability, leading to a higher quality of life."