Effect of tai chi?

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Question from Fa: What can be the effect of tai chi chuan (taijiquan) for a breast cancer survivor?
Answers - Raymond Chang Tai chi, again, is a healthy exercise. The long story: it really is a martial art, but it is now used for health reasons, not for self defense. I think it's very healthy for both mind and body, especially for a cancer survivor (it doesn't have to be breast cancer). If you do it regularly, it's fine. I'm not sure that there's a study of survival or that sort of thing, but tai chi can help people with Parkinson's, it reduces stiffness, and in general, it can have a healthy effect.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Traditional Chinese Medicine featured Raymond Chang, M.D. and moderator Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about how to discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with your cancer doctor.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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