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Effect of Tai Chi Chuan on Autonomic Nervous Modulation in Aged Subjects

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00745303
First Posted: September 3, 2008
Last Update Posted: September 3, 2008
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Collaborator:
National Science Council, Taiwan
Information provided by:
Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
  Purpose
Since Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) training has been shown to be beneficial to the cardiopulmonary function of the subject, TCC might have a beneficial effect on the pulmonary function, autonomic nervous modulation, lipid profile, and cytokines production in the aged subjects.

Condition Intervention
Healthy Subjects Procedure: Tai Chi Cuan

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Effect of Tai Chi Chuan on Autonomic Nervous Modulation, Blood Lipid and Cytokines Production in Aged Subjects

Further study details as provided by Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • TCC training for 3 months can improve the pulmonary function, glucose availability and lipid profile, and increase the cytokines production and vagal modulation in aged subjects. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Other effects of TCC observed [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
Blood sample obtained from each subject was withdrawn for the quantitative measurements of total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein--cholesterol (HDL-C), high-density lipoprotein--cholesterol (LDL-C), triglyceride (TG), fasting blood sugar (FBS), and uric acid (UA). The immunoenzymometric assays for the quantitative measurement of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) in the serum were also performed on the blood sample from each subject.

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: May 2002
Study Completion Date: March 2004
Primary Completion Date: May 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
1
Subjects in this group received TCC training for 3 months
Procedure: Tai Chi Cuan
Tai Chi Cuan training for 3 months
Other Name: Yang's Tai Chi Cuan
2
Subjects in this group received no TCC training within 3 months

Detailed Description:
Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) is a traditional Oriental conditioning exercise or calisthenics that is believed by many people around the world to be good for the health. The frequently claimed reason for this merit of TCC is that it can improve the cardiopulmonary function and immunity of the subject who practice it continuously. TCC has been shown to delay the decline of aerobic power, improve the cardiopulmonary function, balance and strength of the subjects. One study has demonstrated that TCC could reduce tension, anxiety, and mood disturbance. However, few studies have examined the effect of TCC on the blood lipid profile and immunity of the TCC practitioners. Another study reported that 12-week programme of regular TCC exercise enhanced functional mobility, personal health expectations, and regulatory T cell function. It has also been shown that an appropriate combination of TCC exercise program with diabetic medication might improve both glucose metabolism and immunity in type 2 diabetic patients. Since TCC training has been shown to be beneficial to the cardiopulmonary function of the subject, TCC may also have an effect on the blood lipid profile and immunity of the subjects. We hypothesize that TCC might have a beneficial effect on the pulmonary function, autonomic nervous modulation, lipid profile, and cytokines production in the aged subjects. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine whether or not TCC have these effects in the aged subjects.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Healthy aged subjects
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All subjects included in this study had normal lifestyles, and were capable of daily activities without limitations.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who had major cardiopulmonary disease or were on regular medicine for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, renal or liver disease were not included in the study.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00745303


Locations
Taiwan
Taipei Veterans General Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan, 112
Sponsors and Collaborators
Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
National Science Council, Taiwan
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Cheng-Deng Kuo, MD,PhD Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Cho-yu Chan, MD, Taipei Veterans General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00745303     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VGH91-365-1
First Submitted: September 1, 2008
First Posted: September 3, 2008
Last Update Posted: September 3, 2008
Last Verified: September 2008

Keywords provided by Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan:
Tai Chi Chuan; Lipid; Cytokine