Immune Systems

Augmenting immune responses to varicella zoster virus in older adults: a randomized, controlled trial of Tai Chi

Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA


Outcomes: Tai Chi augments resting levels of VZV-specific CMI and boosts VZV-CMI of the varicella vaccine.

Acute Effects on the Counts of Innate and Adaptive Immune Response Cells After 1 Month of Taoist Qigong Practice

Universidad de Málaga, Andalucía Tech, Departamento de Psicobiología y Metodología de las Ciencias del Comportamiento, Campus de Teatinos s/n, 29071, Málaga, Spain


Outcomes: This study demonstrates that Taoist qigong is able to exert acute immunomodulatory effects on components of both innate as well as adaptive immune response.

Effects of a traditional Taiji/Qigong curriculum on older adults’ immune response to influenza vaccine

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., and Center for Taiji Studies, Champaign, Ill., USA


Outcomes: Traditional TQ practice improves the antibody response to influenza vaccine in older adults, but further study is needed to determine whether the enhanced response is sufficient to provide definitive protection from influenza infection.