The practice can improve both exercise capacity and the quality of life for people suffering with COPD.
A study has found that people with the lung disease who underwent Tai Chi training could walk for significantly longer and reported a better quality of life.
The Research was carried out at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital and the University of Sydney in Australia.
The Tai Chi group attended lessons twice a week and performed Tai Chi at home.
“With increasing numbers of people being diagnosed with COPD it is important to provide different options for exercise that can be tailored to suit each individual” said study lead author Regina Wai Man Leung.
“The results from this small sample provide compelling evidence that Tai Chi is an effective training programme for patients with COPD and could be considered as an alternative to the usual exercise training programmes that are available in pulmonary rehabilitation” she added.
The results of the study are to be published in the European Respiratory Journal.