Tai Chi Helps Chemobrain

Tai chi on the beachTai chi is a gentle approach to exercise and relaxation that is ideal for anyone experiencing a lower level of fitness or general slow-down after surgery. It can be adapted for various disabilities (including wheelchairs).

Tai chi has been practised for many years as a stress-management technique to improve cancer survival.  The side effects of cancer can be debilitating but can respond very well to this moving meditation.  One very frustrating side effect of chemotherapy is sometimes referred to as chemobrain, reflecting the experience of cognitive decline that can be wide ranging, affecting memory, verbal fluency, etc.

Taking part in a recent research project supervised by Dr Stephanie Reid-Arndt at the University of Missouri (Department of Health Psychology), a group of 23 female cancer survivors practiced tai chi for an hour, twice a week for 10 weeks.

Improvements were wide-ranging across the areas tested: mood, memory, language, attention, stress and fatigue.

Scientists like Dr Reid-Arndt are to be admired for translating research into practice, contributing to the evidence base for this natural and affordable health practice, described by Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ching as one that “strengthens the weak, raises the sick, invigorates the debilitated and encourages the timid”.

By the way, the University of Missouri researchers emphasise “how good Tai Chi could be for anyone, whether or not they have undergone treatment for cancer”. Good for both body and mind.

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Find original research from University of Minnesota here.

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