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5 Potential Health Benefits of Tai Chi
"There's a physical and mental element to tai chi, and more scientific research is emerging on how impactful it may be to foster overall health. While it's best known for its stress-buffering benefits, there are other potential perks, too, like helping soothe pain conditions."
Practicing Tai Chi Boosts Immune System In Older Adults
"Tai chi chih, the Westernized version of the 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art characterized by slow movement and meditation, significantly boosts the immune systems of older adults against the virus that leads to the painful, blistery rash known as shingles, according to a new UCLA study."
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
"Our study is the first to demonstrate that a regular TCC exercise can increase CD4CD25 regulatory T-lymphocytes correlated with decreases of A1C levels in type 2 diabetic patients. The effect of TCC exercise on the increase in regulatory T-cells may indirectly be due to better cardiopulmonary fitness after exercise. Another possibility is that a regular TCC exercise can improve glucose metabolism, resulting in less glycosylated proteins, which benefit immune regulatory function in type 2 diabetic patients."
Effect of Tai Chi Exercise on Immune Function in Middle-aged and Elderly Women
"In conclusion, our present study has shown that a six-month regular TC exercise program significantly improved immune function in middle-aged and elderly women. The CD4+:CD8+ ratio showed a significant increase, and the percentages of NKT cells, CD11c+ DCs and CD123+ DCs, as well as the percentages of cytokine IFN-γ producing T cells were also significantly increased. The percentage of CD11c+ DC was increased more dramatically than that of CD123+ DC. We conclude that regular TC exercise can improve age-associated immune imbalance and promote the development of Th1 immune responses, and these changes may be related to the immune modulation of NKT cells and DCs and their reciprocal interactions with each other. Therefore, regular TC exercise has beneficial effects of reversing the age-associated immunosenescence in middle-aged and elderly people."
Liu, Jing & Chen, Peijie & Wang, Ru & Yuan, Yonghong & Li, Chunying. (2012). Effect of Tai Chi Exercise on Immune Function in Middle-aged and Elderly Women. Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies. 2. 119. 10.4172/2161-0673.1000119.