Tai Chi: Immune Function, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Chronic Pain

 

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AIDS: Tai Chi, qigong IMPROVED QUALITY LIFE

American AIDS Magazine

Tai Chi & Immune Function ... While more research is needed, and, I believe, warranted, there is evidence that suggests a variety of health benefits from practicing Tai Chi, many of which may be of some importance to people living with HIV/AIDS.
-- A&U, American AIDS Magazine, 2016      Read entire article

 

 

WorldTaiChiDay.org comment:

AIDS. Studies indicate regular T'ai Chi practice may boost one's T-cell count, while improving outlook, and providing a soothing gentle exercise. The relaxed forms effectively oxygenate the body while moving blood and lymph throughout.

 

 

Tai Chi increases T Cell Count in Study

A significant (p  =  0.05) increase in the ratio of T helper to suppressor cells (CD4:CD8) was found, along with a significant (p  =  0.015) increase in CD4CD25 regulatory T cells.
-- British Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume 40, Issue 3
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Research on psychoneuroimmunology: tai chi as a stress management approach for individuals with HIV disease ...

 The quantitative data in this study were corroborated by the interview data for participants in the tai chi group, who described physical, emotional, spiritual, and social benefits of participating in the group. These findings indicate that the tai chi intervention may account for clinically meaningful improvements in psychosocial functioning. Ultimately, it may be shown that tai chi moderates the progression of HIV disease through enhanced quality of life and coping mechanisms.
-- NIH, 2006
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2211366/

 

 

 

British Journal of Sports Medicine - Improved Helper T-Cell Function

Tai Chi Chuan Exercise Decreases A1C Levels Along With Increase of Regulatory T-Cells and Decrease of Cytotoxic T-Cell Population in Type 2 Diabetic Patients
Regular Tai Chi Chuan exercise improves T cell helper function of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus with an increase in T-bet transcription factor and IL-12 production

Abstract Background: Exercise has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM); its benefit to immune function, however, remains to be determined ...
Results: Fasting glucose and HbA1c levels in the patients with type 2 DM were significantly higher than in age-matched controls before exercise. After TCC exercise, HbA1c levels in patients with type 2 DM significantly decreased (7.59 (0.32)% vs 7.16 (0.22)%; p=0.047) and blood levels of IL-12 increased significantly (5.96 (1.10) vs 12.96 (3.07); p=0.035) ...
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National Institutes of Health - PUBMed

A 12-week Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) exercise programme decreases HbA1c levels along with an increase in Th1 reaction. A combination of TCC with medication may provide an even better improvement in both metabolism and immunity of patients with type 2 DM.
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