This study is the first to our knowledge to assess the acute effects of TCC practice on sympathetic activity in older adults. TCC performance led to acute decreases in sympathetic activity, which could not be explained by physical activity alone. Further study is needed to determine whether the acute salutary effects of TCC on autonomic functioning are sustained with ongoing practice in older adults.
Improving Sleep Quality in Older Adults with Moderate Sleep Complaints: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Tai Chi Chih
Tai Chi Chih can be considered a useful nonpharmacologic approach to improve sleep quality in older adults with moderate complaints and, thereby, has the potential to ameliorate sleep complaints possibly before syndromal insomnia develops.
Complementary Use of Tai Chi Chih Augments Escitalopram Treatment of Geriatric Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Complementary use of a mind–body exercise, such as TCC, may provide additional improvements of clinical outcomes in the pharmacologic treatment of geriatric depression.
Levels of Fatigue and Distress in Senior Prostate Cancer Survivors Enrolled in a 12-Week Randomized Controlled Trial of Qigong
This 12-week Qigong intervention was feasible and potentially efficacious in improving senior prostate cancer survivors’ levels of fatigue and distress levels.
Tai Chi Chih (TCC) can be considered a useful behavioral intervention to reduce circulating levels of IL-6 in older adults who show elevated levels of this inflammatory marker and are at risk for inflammation-related morbidity.
Liuzijue Qigong Versus Traditional Breathing Training for Patients with Post-Stroke Dysarthria Complicated by Abnormal Respiratory Control: Results of a Single-Center Randomized Controlled Trial
This study found that liuzijue qigong (6 healing sounds), a special type of breathing training focusing on controlled exhalation, is more effective in improving respiratory control and speech ability of patients with stroke-related dysarthria than traditional breathing training.
The 24-Form Tai Chi Improves Anxiety and Depression and Upregulates miR-17-92 in Coronary Heart Disease Patients After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Tai Chi improved the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress and upregulated the miR-17-92 in CHD patients after PCI. Tai Chi also improved the quality of life of the CHD patients. This is suggestive that Tai Chi should be used as a potential way to improve the emotional parameters of the CHD patients.
Most studies report improvements with Tai Chi, including blood pressure reductions and increases in exercise capacity. No adverse effects were reported. Preliminary evidence suggests that tai chi exercise may be a beneficial adjunctive therapy for some patients with CVD and CVRF. Further research is needed.
The Beneficial Effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Endothelial Function and Arterial Stiffness in Elderly Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis
This study demonstrated that Tai Chi exercise significantly contributed to improvement in endothelial function and arterial stiffness, independently of the traditional CVD risk factors, including lipid profile.
The Effects of Aerobic Exercise and T’ai Chi on Blood Pressure in Older People: Results of a Randomized Trial
Programs of moderate intensity aerobic exercise and light exercise may have similar effects on blood pressure in previously sedentary older individuals. If additional trials confirm these results, promoting light intensity activity could have substantial public health benefits as a means to reduce blood pressure in older aged persons.