Tai Chi Good for Asthmatic Children's Lungs
2008 - Tai Chi has been thought to improve cardiopulmonary function in patients
with chronic disease. A new study reveals Tai Chi can improve asthmatic
children’s pulmonary function.
this study conducted in Taiwan, 30 asthmatic children were enrolled, with 15 of
them participating in a 12-week Tai Chi program and the remaining 15
constituting the control group. Prior to study participation, the pulmonary
function of all enrolled children was assessed in 3 parameters: at rest, after
exercise, and after exercise plus iced water. A 3-day symptoms questionnaire
was also completed and a score obtained after each pulmonary function test.
the study started, there were no significant differences between the two groups
in baseline pulmonary function and severity of asthmatic symptoms in the 3
assessment parameters: at rest, after exercise, or after exercise plus iced
water. However, after the 12-week program, children in the Tai Chi group had a
significant improvement in baseline pulmonary function compared to the control
group. In the first 2 parameters, at rest and after exercise, there were no
significant differences in post-training symptom scores between the two groups.
But in the third parameter, under the stronger challenge of exercise plus iced
water, children in the Tai Chi group had milder symptoms than those in the
on the above results, the researchers came to the conclusion that Tai Chi can
improve the pulmonary function of asthmatic children. However, they caution
that long-term follow-up is required to determine the impact of Tai Chi on the
severity of asthmatic symptoms.
study is published by Journal
of microbiology, immunology, and infection in February 2008.