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Researchers have found that the Chinese martial art tai chi could slow the progression of Parkinson's disease years. Tai chi, with its slow, meditative and deliberate movements, is known to benefit physical and mental well-being. Doctors the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School Medicine conducted a five-year study people with Parkinson's. The researchers discovered that the condition progressed a slower rate those who practiced tai chi. They observed fewer falls, and less dizziness and back pain the tai chi practitioners. The researchers also noted that the cognitive function the test participants who regularly practiced tai chi deteriorated more slowly.

Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that affects the nerves and muscles. It progressively causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty balance and coordination. People Parkinson's may eventually have difficulties walking and talking. One the most famous people Parkinson's was the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali. The researchers suggest that doing tai chi could keep symptoms Parkinson's bay years. They said: "The long-term beneficial effect tai chi on Parkinson's could prolong the time disability, leading to a higher quality of life, a lower burden caregivers and a reduction in drug use."

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