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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Scientific Evidence That Tai Chi Prevents Falls by Dr. Paul Lam

Editor's Note:

We would like to thank Dr. Lam of Tai Chi Productions for sharing this important news with WDK.

Hello Everyone:

RE - The Fall Prevention Review
I would like to share this great news with you. Scientific evidence is important in helping us to promote Tai Chi so that we can share it with more people.
Med Page Today publishes an interesting article about an extensive review of 111 studies involving 55,303 participants about preventing falls for older adults. (Gillespie L D, Robertson M C, Gillespie W J, Lamb S E, Gates S, Cumming R G, Rowe B H. ‘Interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community’. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD007146. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007146.)
Injury from falls is the most expensive item for all the western countries. In USA it costs more than 20 billion dollars per year. Many studies were undertaken to find out what works. The key finding of the review is “…Exercising in supervised groups, participating in Tai Chi, and carrying out individually prescribed exercise programmes at home are all effective.”
This means Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for fall prevention. The review, as I see it, shows tai chi with only the individually prescribed exercise programs are highly effective. The later is more expensive and not easily replicated since it is individually prescribed. Please note not all exercises are as or even effective. Previous studies have shown swimming and walking did not significantly reduce the risk of falling for older people. Naturally swimming and walking are wonderful exercises for many other reasons.
This is an evidenced based endorsement for tai chi at saving significant health cost. Tai chi also improve pain for arthritis, helps various conditions, improve immunity, reduces stress… more importantly, tai chi significant improves quality of life!
You can find this article at this link:
and the original Cochrane’s review at

Enjoy it and share with your friends.

Best Regards.

Dr Paul Lam