Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis can improve balance, gait and flexibility and lessen
fatigue and depression, and better quality of life through the practice of qigong (performed
as Tai chi).
A 2017 review of 8 research studies concluded that overall, participants enrolled in Tai Chi
had better balance, gait and flexibility, less fatigue and depression, and better quality of life
after the intervention; though mixed results were reported. The results indicate that Tai Chi
is likely safe and may provide physical and psychosocial benefits in individuals with
Multiple Sclerosis. Though further research is needed using more rigorous study designs to
assess the benefits of Tai Chi for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.
Taylor E, Taylor-Piliae RE. The effects of Tai Chi on physical and psychosocial function
among persons with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review. Complement Ther Med. 2017
Apr;31:100-108. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2017.03.001. Epub 2017 Mar 2.