Tai chi can improve factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women, according to investigators based in the USA. In a randomised trial, 63 women aged 35 to 50 years, who were at increased risk for CVD, were assigned either to eight weekly group tai chi classes, or to a waitlist control. Tai chi was shown to decrease fatigue, and increase mindfulness and self-compassion. In addition, it was observed that tai chi may help down-regulate pro-inflammatory cytokines associated with underlying CVD risk (including interferon gamma, granulocyte colony stimulating factor, tumor necrosis factor interleukin 8 and interleukin 4).
The Effects of Tai Chi on Cardiovascular Risk in Women. Am J Health Promot. 2016 Nov;30(8):613-622.