Tai Chi Enhances Stem Cells
Physical Health and Human Growth Hormone
CD 34+ cells express the CD 34 protein and are “cluster markers” for hematopoietic stem cells (blood stem cells) involved in cell self-renewal, differentiation and proliferation. There is keen interest among scientists to discover natural approaches to increase the numbers of CD 34+ cells.
Shinn-Zong Lin, from the Center for Neuropsychiatry, China Medical University Hospital (Taiwan), and colleagues enrolled healthy young subjects in a year-long study to assess the different effects of Tai Chi – a traditional Chinese martial art and sport, brisk walking, or no exercise habit. The researchers observed that the group performing Tai Chi saw a rise in their cluster of differentiation 34 expressing (CD34+) cells, as compared with the no-exercise group.
Submitting that Tai Chi may prompt vasodilation and increase blood flow, the lead author posits that: “Tai Chi seems to be an easier and more convenient choice of anti-aging exercise.”