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Tai Chi for IgA Kidney Disease

Tai Chi for IgA Kidney DiseaseTai chi is a gentle exercise program that is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Practiced around the world and very popular in the U.S. and Canada, it is high on our list of recommended exercises for people with IgA Kidney Disease.

Tai Chi, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine. Described as "meditation in motion," or "medication in motion", it is composed of slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and deep breathing, which enhance physical health and emotional well being. There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating IgA Kidney Disease with benefits as below:

• Control Diabetes. Diabetics who took tai chi regularly for period of time may have significantly lower blood sugar and also manage diabetes better than those who did not stick to it.

• Lower blood pressure. Study has shown that it lower blood pressure with improvements ranging from 3-32 mm Hg in systolic pressure and from 2-18 mm Hg in diastolic pressure.

• Reduce the risk for heart disease. Patients who perform this activity for one year may have significantly boosted exercise capacity, lowered bp, improved levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and insulin in people at high risk for heart disease.

• Improve overall fitness, coordination, and agility. Individuals who practice this exercise regularly tend to have good posture, flexibility, and range of motion, are more mentally alert, and sleep more soundly at night.

• Benefit the immune system and the central nervous system. So it is particularly good for persons with a chronic illness, anxiety, depression, etc.

• Stimulate the abdomen. This aids digestion and helps alleviate constipation and gastrointestinal conditions.

Tai chi is safe for every person with IgA Nephropathy. Talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program and potential benefits from doing this activity. For more information about alternative treatment for IgA Kidney Disease, please leave a message in the below or Email us at

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