Russian Hospital Uses Tai Chi to Speed COVID 19 Recovery
Russian hospital turning to Tai Chi to aid recovery from COVID-19


COVID-19 patients in a temporary hospital in Moscow have been practicing the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi to help with their recovery. Doctors at the hospital said they have been applying breathing techniques from Tai Chi to speed up pulmonary rehabilitation.
-- China's International News Network, CGTN TV, January 12, 2021

Russian patients practise Chinese martial art to recover from Covid-19

Turning to Tai Chi to recover from COVID
Russian medics in Moscow's hospital number 67 have applied breathing techniques from Chinese martial arts to help COVID patients in recovery. Emer McCarthy reports.
-- REUTERS News Service

covid 19 and Tai Chi & qigong

Effects of Tai Chi Chuan on the Physical and Mental Health of the Elderly: A Systematic Review
Conclusion: Tai Chi chuan has a potential effect on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of COVID-19. Its potential mechanisms include reducing anxiety, relieving depression and stress, enhancing pulmonary and cardiovascular function, enhancing immunity and improving quality of life.

A Review of Tai-Chi and its Potential Benefits for Older Community Dwelling Adults with Osteoarthritis in the Context of Covid-19 ...
Tai Chi ... may be a very useful intervention strategy for older adults in the community diagnosed as having osteoarthritis, as well as for reducing associated health problems that heighten COVID-19 risk ...
Specific Outcomes Tai Chi could promote among older Community Dwelling Adults with Osteoarthritis, if practiced consistently, (*=outcomes that may reduce COVID-19 risk and foster more favourable recovery than not)
Activity tolerance [31, 79]
Arthritis self-efficacy [67]
Aerobic capacity [32]
Balance [26, 31, 32, 72]
Bone mineral density [40]
Cardiovascular status [26, 31, 53, 75]*
Degree of fatigue [78]
Fear of falling [26, 66]
Falls risk [31]
Fitness [45]
Flexibility [31, 79]
Functional ability [67, 68, 74, 80]
Gait kinematics [68]
General health status [54, 79]*
Immune responses [31]*
Inammation [77]*
Mood status [26, 41, 67, 76, 77]*
Motor control [70]
Muscle endurance [40]
Muscle strength [31, 72]
Muscle tone
Pain [31, 45, 67, 68, 69, 73, 74]
Postural stability [70, 71]
Proprioception [31, 52]
Quality of life [41, 58, 67]
Posture [32]
Social well-being [76]
Sleep [42]
Stiffness [68]
Strength respiratory muscles [77]*
Stress levels [77]*
Weight control*

COMING STUDIES!          "For the elder patients with COVID-19, Tai Chi has outstanding merits."
Tai Chi for coronavirus disease 2019 in recovery period ...
A protocol for systematic review and meta analysis
Many studies have shown that Taichi is effective in treating chronic conditions, like immunity and infection,[4] cardiovascular conditions[5] and chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions.[6]   
This review aims to systematically strong>evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi for COVID-19 in recovery period by including multiple clinical trials published over the past 10 years.
Assessing the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in recovery period is the main purpose of this systematic review protocol.
The conclusion of the study will provide an evidence to judge whether Tai Chi is effective and safe for COVID-19 in recovery period.

Tai Chi for the elderly patients with COVID-19 in recovery period
A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis
Older people are more susceptible to the virus than other people. As a good health exercise suitable for the elderly, Tai Chi has a positive impact on heart function, blood pressure, lung function, immunity, etc. It can enhance cardiopulmonary function, increase the elasticity of blood vessels, and improve the body's self-regulation function. For the elder patients with COVID-19, Tai Chi has outstanding merits.

Practicing tai chi fighting covid-19r>Doctors in China who are on the front lines of infectious disease containment and mitigation are using Traditional Chinese Medicine and tai chi to boost patients’ immunity to fight COVID-19 ...
A UCLA research study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics in 2007 showed that practicing tai chi might have a strong effect on the immune system because it manages to bring exercise, relaxation, and meditation together in “one behavioral intervention” the researcher said. They theorized that tai chi enhances T cells (the white blood cells that fight infection) activity and in this way boost immunity.

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Yoga for COVID-19 ...
All yoga practices utilize deep relaxation which could release all tensions and stresses to prevent immune suppression that would otherwise have weakened the responses to the onslaught of infectious bacteria and viruses. ...
We await more publications to understand the precise role of yoga therapy in conditions like COVID-19. Till such times, the well understood underlying mechanisms for the use of yoga for stress reduction and immune modulation shall be considered as the basis for its complimentary role in the management of an infectious condition like COVID-19 ...

-- NIH (National Institutes of Health)

Research Shows Yoga Can Help with Respiratory Recovery from COVID-19 ...
Ingrid Yang, MD, is a doctor and yoga therapist who has been working with COVID patients since the pandemic started (FC). She explains that COVID acts like an inflammatory disease, setting off an immune-system response that kills off healthy cells. The inflammation is exacerbated by stress. Many of the symptoms of COVID are in fact the result of out-of-control inflammation, particularly in the lungs, brain, and blood vessels, where the virus attaches via its ACE2 enzyme receptors.

“We know that yoga helps decrease inflammation in general,” says Yang, who is also the author of Adaptive Yoga. And now she leverages pranayama and asana practices to both address generalized stress and inflammation as well as teach people to breathe easier post COVID infection ...

Another review of post-acute COVID treatments, published in the journal BMJ last summer, recommends “breath control” techniques similar to Ujjayi and pranayama practices that call on breath retention to work through chronic coughing and breathlessness ...


Yoga for COVID-19 and natural disaster related mental health issues: Challenges and perspectives ...
Yoga may prove an effective, evidence-based preventive or therapeutic supplementary or alternative intervention for COVID-19 related mental health issues ...
NIH (National Institutes of Health)

Mindfulness Training May Enhance the Psychological Well-Being of People with Cystic Fibrosis ...

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