New findings for Tai Chi

Among the many studies on Tai Chi the latter is particularly interesting: Tai Chi breaks down the parameters of inflammation.

Said so it might seem little. Yet it is extremely important because even conventional medicine has been committed, for years, to reducing the so-called ‘low-grade’ inflammation, which often accompanies aging. This inflammation is correlated with the genesis of chronic and advancing diseases. Therefore, if you want to do a real prevention it seems appropriate to act on these inflammatory markers. How do we do it?

This study shows that Tai Chi, in older people (who had never practiced Tai Chi before), breaks down an important marker of inflammation (NF-kB), more than is observed with an ‘educational intervention’. The authors say: this is seen, without taking medication, with Tai Chi, that is a particular type of moderate physical activity (within the reach of older people), which includes deep breathing and a form of meditation. Tai Chi is translated in this way.

The study we are talking about is signed by researchers from important Californian universities including the famous UCLA. Of course, a person can practice Tai Chi simply because he feels better, or to follow a path of spiritual evolution, or even to cultivate a martial art, but in this post we talk about an intervention of medical interest. The various things are not mutually exclusive.

New evidence of the close body-mind connection

In this study, Tai Chi was offered to elderly people who were ‘abandoned’ to themselves (questioned, they say they suffer from loneliness). People without support but who can still afford to have a high level of assistance, to manage their lives in some way. This is not the case for everyone, unfortunately. Of all the others we will never know anything.

The fact is that they are not men and women who live a serene third age, feel under stress, sometimes even have a bad temper, feel vulnerable, bear the scars of a lifetime and no one wants to deal with them (even care-givers often have enough).

What emerges from this study is that the feeling of abandonment, loneliness (without the possibility of choosing: dead end), impacts on a physical marker, measurable with a blood test. In these cases, if there is no limit to stress, an increase in systemic inflammation follows.

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