Tai Chi for Cardiopulmonary Health


The Tai Chi for Cardiopulmonary Health Program is based on mounting evidence that Tai Chi can significantly improve a range of cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary health parameters for cardiovascular and cardio-respiratory patients. 14 randomized control trials conducted around the world on Tai Chi for cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary diseases demonstrated that Tai Chi significantly improved  cardiac  function,  coronary  risk profile and quality of life (QOL). Tai Chi also improved heart  rate and  heart  rate  response, blood  pressure, baroreflex sensitivity and peak oxygen uptake, left ventricular ejection fraction, enhanced 6MWD (six-minute walking distance) and increased CRQ total score (Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire). 

As listed below, 12 out of the 14 randomized control trials were based on Yang Style Tai Chi, which is the style used for the Tai Chi for Cardiopulmonary Health Program


Barrow DE, Bedford A, Ives G, O’Toole L, Channer kS. An evaluation of the effects of Tai  Chi Chuan and Chi  kung training in patients with symptomatic heart failure: a randomised  controlled pilot study. Postgrad Med J. 2007;83(985):717-721

Channer  kS, Barrow D, Barrow R, Osborne M, Ives G. Changes in haemodynamic parame-ters following Tai Chi Chuan and aerobic exercise in patients recovering from acute myo-cardial infarction. Postgrad Med J. 1996;72(848):349-351.

Du ST, Xing B, Wang CX, et al. The effects of taijiquan practice on the BODE and SGRQ of COPD patients. Chin J Sports Med. 2013;32(5):403–407. [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Du ST, Ding LM, Wang CX, et al. The effects taijiquan practice on exercise endurance and lung function of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Chin J Rehabil Med. 2013;28(4):374–476.  [Yang Style Tai Chi] 

Li Q, Fang WH, Liu C. The effect of taijiquan combined with respiratory exercise training on rehabilitation of patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Chin J Rehabil Med.2012;27(9):825–828 [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Sato S, Makita S, Uchida R, Ishihara S, Masuda M. Effect of Tai Chi training on baroreflex  sensitivity and heart rate variability in patients with coronary heart disease. Int  Heart J. 2010;51(4):238-241. [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Thomas GN, Hong AWL, Tomlinson B, et al. Effects of tai chi and resistance training on cardiovascular risk factors in elderly Chinese subjects: a 12-month longitudinal, randomized, controlled, intervention study. Clin Endocrinol. 2005;63:663–669 [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Tsai JC, Wang WH, Chan P, et al. The beneficial effects of Tai Chi Chuan on blood pressure and lipid profile and anxiety status in a randomized controlled trial.
J Altern Complement Med. 2003;9:747–754. [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Wei L, Liu HY. The effect of simplified Tai Chi on cardiovascular function in patients with heart failure [article in Chinese]. Chin J Clin Rehabil. 2003;7:1460-1461. [ Yang Style Tai Chi]

Yeh GY, Wayne PM, Phillips RS. Tai Chi exercise in patients with chronic heart failure. Med  Sport Sci. 2008;52:195-208. [ Yang Style Tai Chi]

Yeh GY, Wood MJ, Lorell BH, et al. Effects of tai chi mind-body movement therapy on functional status and exercise capacity in patients with chronic heart failure: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Med. 2004;117:541–548. [ Yang Style Tai Chi]

Yeh GY, Roberts DH, Wayne PM, Davis RB, Quilty MT, Phillips RS. Tai chi exercise for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a pilot study.Respir Care.2010;55(11):1475–1482. [Yang Style Tai Chi] 

Young DR, Appel LJ, Lee SH. The effects of aerobic exercise and T'ai Chi on blood pressure in older people: results of a randomized trial. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1999;47:277–284 [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Zhang LH, Wu JJ, Wang ZC. Effects of 24-form Tai Chi with respiratory rehabilitation training on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Acta Univ Tradit Med Sin Pharm Shanghai.2012;2(4):53–56. [Yang Style Tai Chi]

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