Tai Chi For Immune System & COVID-19: Research Reveals Benefits

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June 30th—New research highlights significant benefits of Qigong and tai chi for immune system functioning and prevention and survival from COVID-19.

  • Qigong and tai chi help immune system functioning
  • Qigong and tai chi do not reduce inflammation
  • Qigong and tai chi could potentially help in preventing COVID-19

The events of 2020 have left health officials searching for ways to advise individuals to improve their health and well-being without requiring professional aid.

Numerous studies in the past have suggested that there may be benefits of qigong and tai chi for immune system functioning and for the reduction of inflammation. Plus, as someone who has practised tai chi for years, I can personally vouch for the numerous other benefits of Qigong, tai chi and meditation.

New research evaluated the evidence published on various sites such as PubMed, Medline and ScienceDirect to verified the efficacy of qigong and tai chi for immune system functioning and the reduction of inflammation, and overall researchers found a link between tai chi and the immune system.

The immune system is essential for the prevention of disease and recovery from illness. Inflammation is an immune system response that can be affected by pathogens, damaged cells and toxic compounds.

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is facing one of the biggest challenges to public health, and the toll it is paying on healthcare is leading many people to search for ways to improve health at home, including qigong, tai chi, and meditation.

Case studies show that successful recoveries from COVID-19 are often due to robust immune systems [1].  Studies also show that meditation and physical exercise are vital fr regulating inflammation and improving immune system functioning. This is largely why meditation and yoga have boomed in popularity since the pandemic. And qigong and tai chi could offer similar benefits.

Research shows that tai chi and qigong offer significant benefits for health and well-being. Both are ancient Chinese meditative forms of movement exercise that are pivotal parts of traditional Chinese medicine. An approximate 10 million adults in the U.S practice tai chi in 2020, and state that their reason for doing so is to improve health and well-being and to slow the development of medical conditions.

  • Scientific research shows that tai chi and qigong offer the following benefits:
  • Reduced arthritis pain
  • Fall prevention
  • Reduce chronic pain
  • Improve cognitive function
  • Help with osteoarthritis
  • Help with fibromyalgia
  • Reduce depression
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Enhance mind-body connection

Improve immune system functioning.

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Research into qigong, tai chi, the immune system and inflammation

Numerous scientific studies have suggested that qigong and tai chi help the immune system and reduce inflammation. To validate this, researchers performed a peer review of scientific studies published on medical databases ((Medline, PubMed, Embase and ScienceDirect), searching using the keyword  “Tai Chi or Qigong” and “immune system, immune function, immunity, Immun* inflammation and cytokines”.

Overall, the total research pool included 1686 participants (with a range of 32 to 252 participants per study). The results of the research showed that qigong and tai chi produce a significant small benefits on levels of immune cells, but no significant effect on inflammation.

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Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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