Tai Chi Chuan for 8 week helps with COPD

Objective: This study aims to explore the effect of integrating routine treatment with Tai Chi Chuan intervention on the clinical symptom of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) from clinical and neurological perspectives.

Methods: Twenty patients with COPD were recruited for regular treatment combined with 8-week Tai Chi Chuan rehabilitative practice. Clinical symptoms were evaluated by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Symptom Assessment Scale (CAT) and Modified Dyspnea Scale (mMRC) at baseline and after treatment. Resting-state MRI scan was also performed with multiline T2-weighted echo-planar imaging (EPI) to acquire their functional images before and after the treatment. Tai Chi Chuan rehabilitation involved a total of 8 weeks of practice with 90 min per session, three times a week.

Results: After an 8-week integration routine treatment with Tai Chi Chuan practice, the patient’s clinical symptoms improved significantly. Imaging analysis showed that COPD patients exhibited decreased Degree of Centrality (DC) in the right inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), right middle frontal gyrus, bilateral cingulate cortex, bilateral precuneus, and right precentral gyrus. Moreover, correlation analysis found that the decreased DC in the right IFG was positively correlated with the CAT improvements.

Conclusion: The routine treatment involving Tai Chi Chuan rehabilitation practice could improve the clinical symptoms of patients with COPD. The right IFG might be a key brain region to contribute to the neural mechanism underlying integrative intervention on the clinical symptoms in COPD. These findings provide neurological evidence for treating COPD rehabilitation practice with mind-body practice based on Chinese culture to some extent, which also advances the understanding of the efficacy of Tai Chi Chuan as the adjuvant technology from a neuroscience perspective.

Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35601899/

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