Tai Chi Chuan heals the body by sending inner energy (Qi) through energy lines (meridians) in the body. The choreography of each posture moves Qi to the a specific inner organ. Some organs are considered extra important to tonify, thus some of the postures are repeated.
Tai Chi is known to be effecivet towards many problems, e.g. circulatory disorders. With daily training it's also effective against back disorders.
Research on hospitals in China has shown, that Tai Chi has a benificial effect on patients undergoing regenaration after a sickbed of longer duration. The high blood pressure of these patients drops, just as the lung and heart functions are considerably improved.
The figures below gives an impression of the effect of each single posture. You can also do a specific posture many times for e.g. the heart.
Grasp Sparrows Tail - Strengthens the small and large intestine. Good by constipation.
Single Whip - Performed in flow it opens and strengthens the joints, just as it's good against rheumatism. Performed as a standing it strengthens the digistive organs.
The White Crane Spreads Its Wings - Strengthens the central nervous system and the spine.
Play Guitar - Performed as a standing it's good against digistive problems.
Embrache The Tiger And Return To Mountain - Supports the digistive functions and rejuvenates the inner organs generally.
Repulse Monkey - Strengthens the spine and gall bladder.
Needle At Sea Bottom - Strengthens the liver as the lifeforce in the back and in the sexual organs. Treats premature ejaculation in men and sexual problems in women.
Turn And Chop - For the reduction of fat.
High Pat On Horse - Strengthens the spleen.
Kick With Heel - Strengthens the kidneys and stomach by acting on these two meridians.
Part Horses Mane - Strengthens lungs and spleen.
Snake Creeps Down - Strengthens kidneys and the general condition of the body.
Hit Seven Stars - Promotes blood circulation.
Shoot Tiger With Bow - Good for the lungs.
Close Hands - Performed in flow it strengthens the central nervous system, "awakens" the brain. It also expands the back and chest. Performed as a standing it strengthens the liver, the spine is kept elestic and a youthful posture is promoted.
Brush Knee And Push - Strengthens the heart.
Step Foreward And Punch - The following sequence strengthens the glands: move from Brush Knee And Push into Step Foreward And Punch and keep the posture for three minutes.
Fist Under Elbow - Repeat this posture many times to obtain weightloss.
Slant Flying - Strengthens the lungs and small intestine.
Fan Through The Back - Strengthens the large intestine.
Wave Hands Like Clouds - Strengthens the whole stomach area, including spleen and pancreas.
Kick To The Right (and Left) - Treats too much Yang in the body - that is red-cheeked face, too much body heat etc. Also reduces weight.
Punch Low - Strengthens the legs and the adroitness of the body.
Hit The Tiger - Helps the back, kidneys etc
Four Corners - Strengthens the whole chest area. Also good by cramps. Shown here only the first of all four corners.
Golden Cock Stands On One Leg - Good by stomach problems.
Brush The Lotus - Good by Yin weekness, i.e. one who appears introvert, sick, small, pale, slow-witted. Activates the Yang energy.