The role of Qigong and Tai Chi on Human DNA Health:Medication in Motion

Cancers, heart disease, adult on set diabetes and other common illness are not exactly hereditary. This means that the mutation that takes place to create diseases did not have to happen at conception and were not necessarily passed onto you. The mutations that cause most disease happens after conception and therefore are not truly Hereditary. Meaning it was not passed on as a bad gene to you and you get it no matter what.

A mutated gene must be present for disease to occur and there are family histories of diseases that can be statistically linked. What this means is that your family has similar factors that are causing the genes to mutate. It does not mean that you will get the disease because your Mother or Father had it.

What causes genes to mutate ? That is the million-dollar question. It seams that a number of factors play a role. Chief among them would be environmental exposures. If a substance enters a body that is known to cause a gene to mutate, there is a high chance it will do so if it enters your body. Greater exposure equals greater chance for illness or cell mutations to occur.

The second factor is your individual immune response to those environmental factors. Meaning, how does your body do the job of attacking and eliminating dangerous environmental toxins that enter the body. The greater the immune response, the less likely cell will mutate and illness will develop.

What are factors that contribute to a compromised immune system? The number one factor is stress.

Stress creates chemicals within the body that restrict the immune function. Chemicals like cortisol, GH and norepinephrine are released at periods of high stress. Other chemicals like melatonin, serotonin, dopamine are all stress reducers. They help the cell stay healthy. Still other chemicals act as anti mutation chemicals that kill free radicals. These chemicals really help the cell stay healthy by washing or cleaning away the free radicals that can mutate a cell and cause disease.

Check out this video about the science of  DNA Epigenetics by clicking here.

Qigong and Tai Chi both increase those types of chemicals, particularly
SOD (Superoxide Dismutases ).

One experiment “showed that the mean level of SOD was increased by qigong exercise. For example, the SOD level was larger in the qigong group (about 2700 µ/g Hb) and than in the control group (1700 µ/g Hb), and this difference was significant “.

Click here for abstract of this study and others on health benefits of Qigong
( http://www.qigonginstitute.org/html/papers/Anti-Aging_Benefits_of_Qigong.html )

For additional Data on Qigong and SOD see also:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11543231
and for direct effect of SOD on cells see:
http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTotal-SLXU199706009.htm

Two additional studies from researchers at the University of Kebangsaan in Malaysia suggest that practicing tai chi leads to reductions in damage to DNA. The first study which compared 35 adults over the age of 45 who had practiced tai chi at least 7 years to 35 non tai chi sedentary control individuals. The individuals who practiced tai chi had higher levels of normal DNA and lower levels of mild and severely damaged DNA compared to the controls. From:
Med J Malaysia. 2008 Oct;63(4):319-24.

Long term Tai Chi exercise reduced DNA damage and increased lymphocyte apoptosis and proliferation in older adults.
Goon JA, Noor Aini AH, Musalmah M, Yasmin Anum MY, Wan Ngah WZ.
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abd Aziz, Cheras 50300, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. joaan@medic.ukm.my
See at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19385493

In a separate study, researchers at the same University followed a group of tai chi participants and matched sedentary controls over the course of a year. They found that after 12 months the sedentary controls had decreased normal DNA and increased severely damaged DNA compared to the tai chi group.
J Phys Act Health. 2009 Jan;6(1):43-54.
Effect of Tai Chi exercise on DNA damage, antioxidant enzymes, and oxidative stress in middle-age adults.
Goon JA, Aini AH, Musalmah M, Anum MY, Nazaimoon WM, Ngah WZ.
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
See at : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19211957

According to researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda MD, physical activity has been shown in epidemiological reviews to reduce cancer risk. While the reasons for this reduced risk have not been established, improved DNA repair mechanisms is one of the beneficial effects in increased physical activity that may contribute to the reduced risk.

Sports Med. 2008;38(4):271-96.
Physical activity and cancer prevention : pathways and targets for intervention.
Rogers CJ, Colbert LH, Greiner JW, Perkins SN, Hursting SD.
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

See at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18348589

Qigong and Tai Chi play a significant role in boosting the immune system and are easy to practice. The elderly or those already experiencing a disease can quickly boost their immune system with Tai Chi Qigong easy exercises.

So, stop worrying if you will end up like your parents or aunt Beth or uncle Larry in regards to your health. Start doing simple Tai Chi and Qigong exercises and take control over your health today.

Is it a wonder why Harvard Health Publications May 2009 issue calls Tai Chi “medication in motion“. The article explains how tai chi, when combined with standard treatment, is helpful for a range of conditions including arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, sleep problems, and stroke.

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