Definition of Tai Chi


Tai chi (also written as T’ai Chi, Taiji, Tai Chi Chuan, etc.) is an ancient Chinese exercise system (originating 2,000 years ago as a martial arts strategy) that uses gentle, slow, deliberate, meditative body movements (and carefully prescribed stances/positions) to achieve mental and bodily relaxation. One of the most popular forms of exercise in the world, it was originally practiced as 108 complex, linked movements – but in current practice the two most popular versions use 18 and 37 movements. Often described as “meditation in motion.”

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This section is designed as a jumping-off point. We’ve “spotlighted” just a few medical studies on tai chi to introduce you to the nature and diversity of the research. Consider it a springboard to the RESEARCH area.


The heart of the portal. Search the Natural Standard, Cochrane and PubMed databases – and the search engine TRIP – for clinical studies about tai chi‘s impact on numerous health issues.


Investigate the clinical trials currently underway for tai chi. Where they’re being conducted around the world – which health conditions are being studied – and how to get involved.