Tai Chi for Shingles

Shingles relief through ancient art: How Tai Chi may help reduce your shingles outbreaks as well as provide other health benefits.
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Surprising Shingles / Tai Chi Link

If you suffer from the pain of shingles outbreaks, there is some good news from the American Geriatrics Society Journal. In a study involving over a hundred middle-aged to senior adults, those who attended tai chi classes regularly for a period of 3 months exhibited stronger immune response when vaccinated for chicken pox.

Tai Chi is a martial art form that features slow movement sequences that are very balancing, focusing, relaxing and beneficial on a lot of levels. Unlike the more rigorous martial arts, like judo, karate, and the like, tai chi is well suited to seniors.

More about shingles:

Shingles is actually a reactivation of an earlier chickenpox infection, rather than being an entirely separate condition. As such, only those who had an earlier episode of chickenpox will develop shingles.

There is a shingles vaccine. I’d strongly recommend reading the pros and cons on vaccination and doing a little digging for actual results before opting for the vaccine. If you do decide to vaccine, you should know it is only recommended for those 60 years of age and older and that there are potential side effects that include actually breaking out in a chickenpox-type rash after receiving the Zostavax vaccine for shingles.

Other potential reactions to the shingles vaccine include irritation or swelling at the injection site, headaches or itching at injection site. The long term potential side effects of Zostavax are not known.

You should also know that the shingles vaccine is not recommend for certain individuals, regardless of age. If you are allergic to neomycin, gelatin or other ingredients in the vaccine, be sure to talk this over with your doctor.

In addition, if you have a weakened immune system or you are taking immune system-suppressing drugs or you have a type of cancer that impacts bone marrow or lymphatics.

Discuss shingles vaccine risks with your doctor if you are pregnant. Zostavax is not recommended for pregnant women or women who are trying to have a baby.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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