In this article, I’m going to teach you how to use tai chi for cold sore prevention. But first, I need to lead up to how I discovered this extraordinary and life-changing ancient form of Chinese exercise. A little over six years ago, I decided to become extremely healthy and fit.
I had been fit as a teenager and again in my 20’s, but now I was 32, a single dad, and totally out of shape.
I quit partying and even quit smoking. Then I began eating lots of organic whole foods and cut out most of the junk. Soon, I started working out, and quickly became healthy and fit and felt GREAT.
My forms of exercise were:
Things were going very well for about a year. Then, one evening at the gym, I was pressing a little more weight than I should’ve, and I both heard and felt a “snap.” I hurt my shoulder pretty bad and thus wasn’t able to do my normal forms of exercise for several months.
During this time, I started seeing a massage therapist who helped work on my shoulder as well as my overall posture and health. I told him how much I was missing working out, and he recommended that I start doing something called qigong.
I had never heard of qigong before this, but my massage therapist likened it to tai chi and demonstrated a few qigong moves. The moves were beautiful, graceful, slow, and aligned in synch with slow breathing patterns and mindfulness.
It looked cool!
I went home and purchased a few qigong DVDs online, and when they arrived a few days later, I began a daily practice of qigong.
I was instantly hooked!!! After not being able to exercise for a few weeks, I was becoming anxious, depressed, restless, and my once strong mindset was weakening by the day.
But from my first 20-minute beginning qigong routine, I felt more:
Qigong was absolutely amazing at reducing stress, enhancing my immune system, and helping me feel centered throughout the day. And since I wasn’t able to weight train or surf or swim, I relied upon it heavily for feelings of mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
I loved qigong so much that I ended up becoming a Certified Level 2 Qigong Instructor. Now I’m Cold Sore Specialist and the founder of this website, HowToGetRidOfAColdSore.com, and I frequently recommend qigong to my clients as a highly-effective method of preventing cold sores.
Tai Chi Overview
Qigong (chi kung) is an ancient form of exercise that originated in China thousands of years ago. This name literally translates to “Life Energy Cultivation.”
Qigong is a moving meditation that focuses on breathing and slow, deliberate movements as a way to cultivate and balance qi (chi). In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), qi is described as “life energy.”
Tai chi is another form of exercise that has the same benefits as qigong. The two overlap and the main difference is that tai chi is more difficult with more moves to remember, while qigong is easier and focuses on “repetitions” of simpler movements.
In Chinese medicine, there is a belief that many of the physical and psychological health issues stem from issues with qi, such as too little qi or blockages (stuck qi) where this life energy cannot move freely throughout the body in the way it naturally does.
Tai chi and qigong are practices that can help these issues, and they are very powerful forms of exercise for anyone that wants to prevent cold sores.
How Tai Chi Can Help With Cold Sore Prevention
Tai chi is able to effectively boost your immune system and reduce stress, which is arguably the top two cold sore triggers. In a study from 2013, tai chi was found to be effective in the treatment and prevention of mental disorders, and these mental disorders can easily lead to recurring cold sores.
In the study, tai chi was found to be helpful for the following:
- Psychological Well-Being
- Stress Management
- Sleep Disturbance
- Substance Abuse
- Cognitive Functioning
- Mood, Anxiety, and Depression
How To Use Tai Chi For Cold Sore Prevention
If you like what you’ve read so far, let me just say that I didn’t even scratch the surface of how many benefits you can experience from the regular practice of tai chi. If you want to give it a try, simply go to YouTube and type “tai chi” in the search bar and you’ll find a superabundance of free tai chi moves and routines.
Additionally, you can also find some great tai chi DVDs for beginners on Amazon.com.
Tai Chi For Cold Sore Prevention – Final Thoughts
I simply cannot recommend tai chi enough as a natural way to increase mental and physical health, and thus prevent cold sores. I wouldn’t recommend tai chi as a stand-alone form of cold sore prevention treatment, however, when added to a holistic treatment plan, tai chi can improve your life in many extraordinary ways.
If you have any comments or questions on using tai chi for cold sore prevention, please post them in the comment box below.