Implications for cancer survivors: Low-impact, low-intensity activities like meditative movement practices are needed to assist survivors in overcoming post-treatment physical and psychological limitations to initiate a more active lifestyle.
Complementary Therapies: Tai Chi in the Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease. Meditative mind-body practices such as Qigong and Tai Chi may lower cardiovascular disease risk and severity through a focus on movement and meditation. Such practices are generally low-cost and modifiable, with few adverse effects. Studies have shown higher quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure after participation in Tai Chi, as well as a positive impact on cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension and waist circumference.
Effects of Combined Training Programs in Individuals with Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review. Physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle act as an important mechanism in reducing the symptoms of the disease. Tai Chi is among the different interventions that were beneficial for decreasing physical symptoms and improving physical fitness and functional capacity. A minimum duration of 14 weeks is recommended for better benefits. Moreover, combined training programs were the most effective for this population, in order to reduce the symptoms of the disease with a duration between 60 and 90 min, three times a week with a light to moderate intensity.
Is Tai Chi beneficial for multisite pain syndrome in older adults? Compared to light physical exercise, mind-body exercise may prove to be more beneficial for older adults living with chronic pain. Tai Chi, as a movement-based mind-body exercise, can relieve pain symptoms, improve cognition and physical function, and lower risk for falls in older adults.
Functional fitness and fall risk in older adults practitioners or non-practitioners of Tai Chi. This study demonstrated that the group of older adults (OA) practicing Tai Chi presented better levels of functional fitness and less risk of falling in relation to their counterparts who did not practice Tai Chi. These results suggest including this type of old-time exercise in physical activity programs that promote functional fitness wellness and fall prevention among OA.
Mind-body exercises for osteoarthritis: an overview of systematic reviews including 32 meta-analyses. Overall, Qigong, Tai Chi, and yoga-based interventions may improve osteoarthritis-related symptoms, mainly physical function. There was a positive tendency in favor of these mind-body exercises for improving pain, arthritis self-efficacy, and mainly, physical function. It appears that Qigong, Tai Chi, and yoga may improve physical function in osteoarthritis. In addition, Tai Chi may improve arthritis self-efficacy in knee osteoarthritis.
Effects of Tai Chi on patients with moderate to severe COPD in stable phase. Overall, Tai Chi treatment was well tolerated. For moderate to severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients, regular treatment with Tai Chi can not only improve their health-related quality of life but also reduce the exacerbation rate compared with regular treatment alone. Tai Chi is recommended for COPD rehabilitation.
Qigong Exercise Balances Oxygen Supply and Acid-Base to Modulate Hypoxia: A Perspective Platform toward Preemptive Health & Medicine. The authors state that "Qigong exercise generates an oxygen supply and acid-base balance against the hypoxic effects of underlying pathological conditions. We also propose that Qigong exercise mediated and focused on the local hypoxia environment of tissues might normalize the circulation of metabolic and inflammation accumulation in the tumor tissue and restore the normal metabolism of tissues and cells through calm, relaxation, and extreme Zen-style breathing that gravitates toward preemptive health and medicine. Thus, we propose the mechanisms of action related to Qigong, intending to unify Eastern and Western exercise theory."
Newly compiled Tai Chi (Bafa Wubu) promotes lower extremity exercise: a preliminary cross sectional study. Bafa Wubu (aka "Eight Methods and Five Steps") Tai Chi was very recently created by the General Administration of Sport in China as an introductory Tai Chi form and simple health practice. It is based on Tai Chi fundamentals common to the five schools of Tai Chi, namely, the Eight Energies: Peng, Lu, Ji, An, Cai, Lie, Zhou, and Kao. This is the second research paper featuring the new Bafa Wubu Tai Chi, and indicates an effort by the Chinese government to promote and standardize it. Conclusions: Professional groups who have been practicing Tai Chi (Bafa Wubu) for a long time have higher ground reaction force, and the force on the three joints of the lower extremities is different for various movements, which has positive significance for exercising the joints of the lower extremities. In addition, various motions activate muscles of different types at different levels. For amateurs to practice different movements to stimulate the muscles, targeted areas of practice promote the lower extremity muscles' synergistic force. In summary, the muscles and joints of the lower extremity can obtain comprehensive and balanced exercise through Bafa Wubu.
Epigenomic impacts of meditative practices. The author argues that meditative practices, which include Qigong and Tai Chi, are potent in altering the epigenome - dynamically and by inducing long-term changes. This suggests the importance of integrating mindfulness practices into mainstream medicine.
On the road to resilience: Epigenetic effects of meditation. At the molecular level, the effects of both stress and meditation are elicited epigenetically through a set of mechanisms that regulate gene expression as well as the circulating neuroendocrine and immune effectors. Epigenetic mechanisms constantly reshape genome activities in response to external stimuli, representing a molecular interface between organism and environment. In the present work, we aimed to review the current knowledge on the correlation between epigenetics, gene expression, stress and its possible antidote, meditation.
Global trends of traditional Chinese exercises for musculoskeletal disorders treatment research from 2000 to 2022: A bibliometric analysis. Traditional Chinese exercise (Tai Chi and Qigong) has been shown to be effective in relieving long-term chronic pain, physical dysfunction, decreased ability to participate in society and decreased quality of life in musculoskeletal diseases. In recent years, there has been a steady increase in publications on the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders by traditional Chinese exercises. The purpose of this study is to review the characteristics and trends of Chinese traditional exercise studies on musculoskeletal diseases published since 2000 through bibliometric analysis, and identify current research hotspots, so as to guide the direction of future research.
Effect and Mechanism of Traditional Chinese Medicine Exercise Therapy on Stroke Recovery. Stroke is currently the second largest contributor to disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in developing countries, and it is the third largest contributor to DALYs in developed countries. It requires a large number of resources from the health care system every year, which places a great burden on society, families, and individuals. Treatment of stroke recovery mainly includes Tai Chi and various Qigong forms (Baduanjin, Daoyin, Yi Jin Jing, Five Animal Frolics, and Six Healing Sounds) which can effectively improve motor function, balance and coordination ability, cognitive dysfunction, nerve function, depression or emotional state, daily living ability, and so on after stroke.
Evidence for Choosing Qigong as an Integrated Intervention in Cancer Care: An Umbrella Review. Qigong practice can moderate non-intrinsic, modifiable risk factors that act on the stress response using physical movements, breathing, and focused attention. Qigong is a safe practice that can be used even by frail patients. The overall quality of life, cancer-related fatigue, and cognitive impairment were improved by Qigong. Different Qigong programs have different impacts on sleep quality and gastrointestinal problems, suggesting that longer practice sessions are required to achieve improvements. To maintain Qigong's effectiveness, an ordinary practice is essential, or such effectiveness will wear off.
Effect of weight-bearing Liuzijue Qigong on cardiopulmonary function. This study aimed to explore the therapeutic effect of weight-bearing Liuzijue Qigong on cardiopulmonary function in healthy volunteers. Conclusion: Weight-bearing Liuzijue Qigong training significantly improved cardiopulmonary function in healthy volunteers, thus representing home-based cardiopulmonary rehabilitation training.
Effects of "Taking the Waist as the Axis" Therapy on trunk postural control disorder after stroke: A randomized controlled trial. Sufficient attention to trunk rehabilitation after stroke is still lacking. Loss of trunk selective activity is considered to be the leading cause of trunk postural control disorder after stroke. "Taking the Waist as the Axis" Therapy (WAT) was developed as a combination of the concept of "Taking the Waist as the Axis" from Tai Chi and the rehabilitation of trunk dysfunction after stroke. Conclusion: WAT was an effective trunk treatment after stroke, which significantly improved the patients' trunk posture control ability, motor function and forced vital capacity.
The Effect of Traditional Chinese Exercises on Blood Pressure in Patients with Hypertension: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Compared with the use of antihypertensive drugs alone or in health education, the addition of Chinese traditional exercises showed significant effects in regulating the SBP and DBP levels in hypertensive patients. In addition, the study found that for the treatment of hypertension, most of the Chinese traditional exercises are Taijiquan and Baduanjin, while other types of sports such as Wuqinxi, Liuzijue, Yijinjing, and other tests are rare. Moreover, according to the analysis of reduced subgroup heterogeneity, it is suggested that future exercise prescription formulation can be TCE vs. nonintervention, TCE + health education vs. health education, and intervention prescription design of TCE + AHD vs. AHD, which can better reflect the effect of traditional exercise on hypertensive patients.
Can Qigong Be a Tool to Assist Students in Handling COVID-19's Resulting Academic Stress? There were improvements in specific auditory processing and reaction times that may indicate benefits in attention and learning capacity. These improvements were more pronounced in the experimental Qigong group compared to the sham Qigong group. Qigong may be able to assist in improving students' academic performance and can be easily integrated into physical education classes. It could also assist students to cope with the increased academic pressure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic context.
Mitigating effects and mechanisms of Tai Chi on mild cognitive impairment in the elderly. Tai Chi can improve cognitive functions and alleviate the accompanying symptoms of MCI in the elderly potentially by activating the expression of signals in different brain regions, altering their connectivity, increasing the brain volume, and modulating brain-derived neurotropic and inflammation factors. Studies comparing various types of Tai Chi may contribute to the identification of paradigms that have appropriate intensities and difficulty and exert good effects on older people with MCI.
Recent Progress in Mind-Body Therapies in Cancer Care. MBT studies continue to struggle with methodological issues such as intervention standardization, facilitator training, small sample sizes, and short follow-up. Accumulating evidence supports the use of MBTs for people with cancer.