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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 624692, 7 pages
Research Article

Tai Chi for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Quality of Life in Elderly Patients with Benign Prostate Hypertrophy: A Randomized Controlled Trial

1Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Dong-A University, Busan, Republic of Korea
2Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Republic of Korea
3Department of Nursing, Masan University, Chang Won, Republic of Korea
4Salus Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise Institute, Busan, Republic of Korea
5Brain Disease Research Center, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Received 18 March 2011; Accepted 30 July 2011

Academic Editor: E. Yesilada

Copyright © 2012 Seil Jung et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Tai chi exercise has been recommended as suitable for the improvement of health in the elderly. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of tai chi on lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTSs), quality of life (QoL), and sex hormone levels in patients with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). The elderly patients with BPH were randomized to receive tai chi or usual care. Fifty-six participants were randomized into either the tai chi group () or the control group (). After 12 weeks of treatment, the tai chi group showed significant improvement in LUTS and QoL. There was a significant effect of tai chi on testosterone but no significant effect on insulin or glucose. No serious adverse events were observed during the study period. In conclusion, our results suggest that 12 weeks of tai chi may improve LUTS and QoL in elderly patients with BPH.