Researchers have found that Chinese martial art of tai chi could slow down progression of Parkinson's disease by years. Tai chi, with its slow, meditative and deliberate movements, is known to benefit physical and mental well-being. Doctors from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine conducted five-year study on people with Parkinson's. The researchers discovered that condition progressed at slower rate in those who practiced tai chi. They observed fewer falls, and less dizziness and back pain in tai chi practitioners. researchers also noted that cognitive function of test participants who regularly practiced tai chi deteriorated more slowly.
Parkinson's disease is brain disorder that affects nerves and muscles. It progressively causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. People with Parkinson's may eventually have difficulties walking and talking. One of most famous people with Parkinson's was heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali. researchers suggest that doing tai chi could keep symptoms of Parkinson's at bay for years. They said: " long-term beneficial effect of tai chi on Parkinson's could prolong time without disability, leading to higher quality of life, lower burden for caregivers and reduction in drug use."