Effect of Tai Chi as Therapeutic Exercise on Blood Pressure : Rapid Systematic Review

운동요법으로서 태극권이 혈압에 미치는 영향 : 신속 체계적 고찰

  • Hwang, Eui-Hyoung (Pu-San National University Hospital, Center of Integrative Medicine) ;
  • Heo, Kwang-Ho (School of Korean Medicine, Pu-San National University) ;
  • Lee, Guem-San (Dept. of Herbology, College of Oriental Medicine, Won-Kwang University)
  • 황의형 (부산대학교병원 통합의학센터) ;
  • 허광호 (부산대학교 한의학전문대학원) ;
  • 이금산 (원광대학교 한의과대학 본초학교실)
  • Published : 2013.01.31


Objectives : The purpose of this study is to systematically analyze the effect of Tai Chi as therapeutic exercise on depressing blood pressure. Methods : We reviewed articles published in the PubMed, Chinese Academic Journals(CAJ) and five Korean databases. The searching keywords were "Tai chi AND blood pressure" and "Tai chi AND hypertension". We evaluated the quality with Cochrane risk of bias tool. Results : In the 114 articles searched, 7 randomized controlled clinical trials were selected. Yang(楊) style Tai chi, exercising over 30 minutes a time and over three times a week, had an effect on decreasing blood pressure. However, Wu(吳) style Tai chi was not effective in decreasing blood pressure. Conclusions : Usual exercises for hypertension patients should be performed in the form of moderate exercises intensity for 10-26 weeks by 30-60 minute a time, over 3 times a week. The study of Tai Chi on blood pressure needs to follow this criteria in the future.


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