allergies, asthma and Tai Chi & qigong
Allergies and Asthma
ALLERGIES and ASTHMA. The stress-reduction benefits of T'ai Chi and QiGong help the body maintain elevated DHEA levels. Low DHEA levels have been directly linked to allergies. High stress levels are linked to the frequency and intensity of asthmatic reactions as well.
Tai-Chi-Chuan Exercise Improves Pulmonary Function and Decreases Exhaled Nitric Oxide Level in Both Asthmatic and Nonasthmatic Children and Improves Quality of Life in Children with Asthma
... study provides pilot evidence that
choosing TCC as an alternative form of exercise is beneficial
for asthmatic children. The results indicated that 12 weeks of
Tai-Chi-Chuan could improve the pulmonary function, decrease
airway inflammation, and improve quality of life in children
with mild asthma ...
-- NIH, 2017 Read study
COPD Patients May Breathe Easier With Tai
... Noting that the tai chi study showed "significant improvement" in COPD symptoms, Mensch believes the practice may be "equally as effective as pulmonary rehabilitation in improving patients' physical sense of well-being, as well as functional ability." ...
And, he added that "tai chi does not require a visit to a gym or training center and requires no equipment, making it more attractive for patients to continue to practice following formal training."
-- Pollen.com, 2017 Read article
Asthma sufferers may be able to better
control their breathing and improve their exercise performance
with some training in tai chi, new research indicates . . .
The researchers conclude that tai chi can help people control asthma and prove to be an effective, non-pharmacologic adjunctive therapy for people with persistent asthma.
The authors are on staff in the department of medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital in Thailand.
Read entire article at:
Webmd.com - News release, American College of Chest Physicians. CHEST 2008 meeting, Philadelphia, Oct. 25-30, 2008
Qi Gong and Tai Chi for Allergies
In a 2003 study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, researchers found that qi gong training significantly increases levels of monocytes and lymphocytes, types of white blood cells involved in the immune response. In a 2005 article in the journal Neuroscience, researchers also found that qi gong practice has a statistically significant effect on concentrations of neurochemicals, which are important in modulating immune system function. Studies like these, while still rare, indicate some of the potential physiological benefits of qi gong and tai chi practice.
-- altMD, smart alternatives
Harvard Health Publications
Asthma. Preliminary research indicates that Tai Chi, as well as other mind-body exercises like Qigong, may be helpful for asthmatics, both children and adults. 12 weeks of Tai Chi training improved the lung function of children with asthma in a small Taiwanese study. A small Thailand study suggested that adult asthma sufferers may be able to better control their breathing and improve their exercise performance using Tai Chi training. After six weeks of Tai Chi training, the patients said they felt more comfortable during a six-minute walk and increased their maximum work rate and maximum oxygen consumption. (Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, page 179.)
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