Endocrine and Immune Systems

Two studies evaluated the effects of Tai Chi practice on the endocrine or immune systems. A cross-sectional Chinese study of 98 elderly men reported that 10 years of Tai Chi practice might widely affect endocrine function, including the pituitary-thyroid system and the pituitary-gonad system, and may strengthen pituitary metabolic reaction among elderly men. The conclusion of this study is questionable because cross-sectional studies are not designed to evaluate causality.

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TAI-CHI CHUAN, FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PATIENTS

‘Tai-Chi Chuan exercise appears to be safe for RA patients and may serve as an alternative for their exercise therapy and part of their rehabilitation program. Weight-bearing exercises have the potential advantages of stimulating bone growth and strengthening connective tissue, but this effect needs to be documented in long-term studies’

 

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