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ISRN Neurol. 2013 Oct 31;2013:548240. doi: 10.1155/2013/548240. eCollection 2013.

Therapeutic effects of tai chi in patients with Parkinson's disease.

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Department of Physical Education, Seoul National University, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742, Republic of Korea.



The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of a 12-week program of therapeutic Tai Chi on the motor function and physical function of idiopathic Parkinson's disease patients (PDs).


The participants were 22 clinically stable PDs in Hoehn-Yahr stages 1-2 randomly assigned to a therapeutic Tai Chi group (TTC, N = 11) or a control group (CON, N = 9). Two subjects in control group did not complete the study for personal reasons. TTC was performed three days a week (60 min/session). Motor symptoms by the UPDRS were assessed, and tests of physical function were administered before and after the 12-week trial.


The TTC group, as compared to the CON group, showed changes in the mentation, behavior, mood, and motor scales of the UPDRS (P < 0.05, P < 0.01, resp.), with no significant main effects on the activities of daily living scale (ADL). However, there was a significant interaction between the time and intervention group on ADL (P < 0.05). There were no significant main effects for any of the physical function variables. There were significant interaction effects in balance and agility (P < 0.05, resp.).


This study showed that TTC training had modest positive effects on the functional status of Parkinson's disease patients.

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