Tai Chi: Exercise Relieves Shingles

A bit of Tai Chi can go a long way in relieving the symptoms of Shingles, says new research.

Shingles is a Neurological disease brought on by the chicken pox virus.  And is very painful, often showing itself in people over the age of 50.

In a study paid for by the National Institutes of Health, researchers took 112 volunteers ages 59 to 86 and split them into two groups. One was given 40-minute tai chi lessons three times a week for 16 weeks. The other was given health-counseling classes.

The researchers, led by Dr. Michael R. Irwin of the University of California, Los Angeles, found that the people who did tai chi improved their immunity to varicella-zoster. They also found that when the volunteers were vaccinated later against the virus, the tai chi practitioners had a better response to the vaccine. The study appears in the current issue of The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.



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