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Tai chi improves balance and motor control in Parkinson’s disease

May 3, 2013
  • By Peter Wayne, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Peter Wayne, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Peter Wayne, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. … See Full Bio
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Pao Yen
June 5, 2013

I have come out with a theory why taichi can improve brain cells and cells in internal organs only when you move very very slowly so that blood will not rush to your limbs.

June 2, 2013

Good news for me

marie ciaiola
May 12, 2013


May 7, 2013

This is great news for patients who’s suffering from Parkinson’s. Tai chi won’t be very costly, on top of that it has no side effects. Glad that Hardvard has given special thought of this. Great site!

Kali Keesee
May 6, 2013

Awesome Post! Very interesting! I have had relatives who suffered with Parkinson’s so the disease is close to home for me. Tai Chi and other kinds of exericises like Yoga can be useful ways of improving strength and health in so many different areas. Great Post! 🙂

May 6, 2013

Thanks, very interesting. I started taking Tai Chi eight months ago and I can definitely say first hand that it has improved my balance and coordination. I just had a new UPDRS today and the doc commented on the improvement. It’s also great for the mind.

Steve Nicholson
May 4, 2013

I do appreciate the way Harvard Med reaches out to the public. Best info on the web! I have purchased health reports on arthritis, heart, blood pressure, digestive system. Steve, 74

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