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.


Source: KNOW THE EVIDENCE 2017: A report of the NQA Research and Education Committee Jun 30, 2017
 Major contributors: PJ Klein, PT, EdD (contact:, J Baumgarden, DPT
Kathy Levac RN MS is the chair of the NQA Research and Education Committee
This edition of the ‘Know the Evidence’ resource exists as a chapter authored by PJ Klein, PT,
EdD and J. Baumgarden, DPT in the text ‘Heal Yourself with Qigong’ by Master George Picard,
Village of Healing and Wellness, St Catharines, ONT, Canada, and is reprinted with their
permission. Picard G. Heal Yourself with Qigong 2nd ed. Spiral Graphics:Canada. 2017.