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According to research conducted recently Tai Chi has been reported to be greatly beneficial to patients suffering from Fibromyalgia (Belluck, 2010). Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice and has been reported to improve the condition of Fibromyalgia if done consistently for about 12 weeks. This is better that it sound since the cause of this condition and its treatment has been a dilemma to medics and researchers for quit sometime. In addition to this, Tai Chi has been found to provide therapy for many other conditions such as aching knees among others. Two sessions of 60 minutes each can be very helpful in reducing knee problems in old age (destination.com, 2009).
Just like all activities undertaken by human being Tai Chi has some moral implications. Tai Chi provides a form or morally acceptable exercises that help in taking care of the body. As Jwing-Ming notes, Tai Chi being a form of martial art encompasses a kind of martial morality referred to as "Wu De" essentially Wude encompasses two main aspects morality of the deed and morality of the mind. The morality of the deed includes humility, respect , righteousness, trust, and totality while on the other hand morality of the mind is mad of will, endurance, perseverance, patience and courage . A patient who expects to reap benefits from Tai Chi has to cultivate these morals. Traditionally, only student who cultivated these values could be taught martial arts. Twelve weeks is quite a long time and without such values it will be hard for the patient to keep up with treatment. The involvement in the practice of Tai Chi mainly benefits those practice it health wise. However, dependants or family members can draw secondary benefits from improved health of their loved one. Tai Chi has no negative consequences to the society at large.
There are various theoretical applications as far s the practice of Tai Chi is concerned. Most of the theories of the moral theories would certainly not discourage the practice of Tai Chi. This issues can be theoretical analyzed from the consequential theoretical view or non consequential theoretical view.
Consequentially, egoism, utilitarianism and care ethics can all be used to determine whether Tai Chi is worth practicing. In egoistic perspective, individuals ought to do what is beneficial to self and therefore practicing Tai Chin to improve ones health is encouraged. In utilitarianism terms, Tai Chi could pass for a moral unacceptable because it doe not bring the benefits to the whole society but the individual who practices it repeated. In this regard Tai Chi is meant for personal improvement and therefore for the whole society to realize its benefits a lot more people must have to practice it.
On the other hand care ethics theory supposes that every individual if free to pursue what they desire. However, before indulging in any action the parties that are to undertake the action must first determine whether their action will affect certain vulnerable groups. One should also familiarize with the general context within which he or she has to undertake the activity so as to ensure that on the desired out come is achieved. In other words care ethic is concerned with dong what one really desires to do without causing harm to other patties that are not interested in the activity. In this regard, in terms of care ethics Tai Chi practice is permitted. Consequential theories are normal interested on the consequences of an action, i.e. the benefits and the negative aspect of an action. As such consequential theories are very much in support of the participation in Tai Chi.
On the other hand non-consequential theories include theories by Kan, Ross, and Devine command theory. These are theories whose basis of what a moral action is note determined using the consequences of the action. These theories are based on what is generally acceptable and a moral act is that that is in line with the law irrespective of the outcomes. Emanuel Kant for instance in his theory of what moral acts are holds that moral acts are those conducted in line of duty. According to Kant the consequences of an account do not at all determine he morality of the action. In his opinion it is the intent of the action that determines whether the action is moral or immoral (Harris, 2003). A moral action must be good in itself and then and further good without being qualified. He refers to good will being the on good intention that can be good without qualification. From Kant's perspective, practicing Tai Chi is there not immoral by moral correct since the intention of performance is to achieve good health. The intent of achieving goof health is a good will that can not b qualified. Kant would certainly encourage the practice of Tai Chi for medication or therapy purposes as ling as those practicing it do not do so with an evil intent.
Like Kant's perspective, Ross also offers a theory of deontological nature to explain the nature of moral action. Ross' theory is a proponent of pluralism (Shaver, 1999). According to him utilitarianism as a theory was in adequate in giving succinct explanation or guidelines on what the best moral codes were. Thereby came up with a new way of characterizing a moral deed. A moral deed should be a duty to benefit other, should not be intended at harming other people, should be just, targeting improvement of self, allow reparation, show great gratitude and involve keeping of promises. Ross under his theory of Pluralism would support the indulgence in Tai Chi since it does not harm other people, improve ones health thus ability to help others, ensures that one gets what he or she deserves and facilitates self improvement.
Meanwhile, as Shaver (1999) notes divine command is based on what God would want people to do and what he wouldn't what them to do. No scripture written has ever stated God's dislike of Tai Chi. On the other hand God has also note encouraged Tai Chi. However, since Tai Chi is being used in this essence to health he sick or provide therapy, it shall be considered acceptably be God since God has nee been against treatment of the sick to preserve life.
Tai Chi can be considered to be a virtuous practice since it requires great discipline morality. As stated above all martial arts practices by the Chinese has a cod of martial morality called "wude." This form of discipline has ensure that the only those who have high moral standards are taught the secrets of these practice. According to Jwing-Ming (2007) the master who taught martial arts in the ancient chine too three years to determine whether the students had this values. Good student on the other hand had to be a keen observer of his teacher during these three years. However, in the contemporary society, the therapeutic value of this practice has become increasing popular thus rising the question of whether it is virtuous for doctor to encourage their patient to adopt this practice. Certain, the practice acceptable since the manner in which it is being used is not evil (Harris, 2003).
Tai-Chi is certainly a noble practice given it is therapeutic value and the fact that it help heal various ailment without the need for expensive medicine prescriptions. The practice is also found to be morally acceptable when screened through the theories of morality. Tai Chi confers great benefits to the patients who practice it and does not harm those around the users. In other words the practice has no negative effects on the user and on third patties. Doctors should be encouraged to recommend these Tai Chi sessions to patient with Fibromyalgia (Belluck, 2010). Such therapeutic benefits should father be used to treat other conditions that require therapy such as knee ailment in old age.