Research Shows Benefits of Tai Chi for Relieving Fibromyalgia

A recent study has shown the benefits of Tai Chi with people struggling with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. In the trial, people with Fibromyalgia responded better with Tai Chi than Aerobic Exercise.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai chi (taiji), short for T'ai chi ch'üan, or Taijiquan (pinyin: tàijíquán; 太极拳), is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves.

Tai chi is an ancient discipline involving exercise rooted in traditional Chinese medicine that originated as a martial art and has been practised for many centuries. This complex, multi-component mind-body intervention integrates physical, psycho-social, spiritual, and behavioural elements to promote health and fitness.


In a new study published in the BMJ, researchers report encouraging results involving one way to reduce the painful effects of fibromyalgia: with tai chi, an ancient practice originating in martial arts that has since become part of traditional Chinese medicine. The mind-body practice involves both physical and psychological exercises that promote health. While small studies have suggested that tai chi could help reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia, no rigorous trial has compared tai chi’s effect to those of currently recommended treatments for the condition, until now.

10 Great Beginners Tai Chi Moves:

Tai Chi involves three aspects:

  • Health: An unhealthy or otherwise uncomfortable person may find it difficult to meditate to a state of calmness or to use tàijíquán as a martial art. Tàijíquán's health training, therefore, concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. For those focused on tàijíquán's martial application, good physical fitness is an important step towards effective self-defense
  • Meditation: The focus and calmness cultivated by the meditative aspect of tàijíquán is seen as necessary in maintaining optimum health (in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis) and in application of the form as a soft style martial art.
  • Martial art: The ability to use tàijíquán as a form of self-defense in combat is the test of a student's understanding of the art. Tàijíquán is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces, the study of yielding and sticking to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force. The use of tàijíquán as a martial art is quite challenging and requires a great deal of training.

Conclusion :

Try to get some Tai Chi in your life, even if it's just a few moves practised each morning. There is a great book called "The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi" which you can pick up below from Amazon which has a fantastic 12-week program you can follow.

Please also share this article with anyone you know who may be struggling with Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia.