Table 2

 Changes in complete blood count after the tai chi chuan exercise programme

Complete blood countBeforeAfterp Value
Values presented are mean (SE) (n  =  37). p Values were analysed by paired t test.
Complete blood counts were performed with an automatic haemocytometer which was calibrated daily to ensure precision.
RBC, Red blood count; WBC, white blood count.
Haemoglobin (g/l)136 (2)137 (3)0.385
RBC (×10−3 cells/mm3)4581.0 (77.6)4646.2 (70.0)0.213
WBC (cells/mm3)5715 (258.2)5480.0 (275.7)0.240
Neutrophils (cells/mm3)3116.7 (193.6)3575.7 (304.2)0.158
Monocytes (cells/mm3)320.0 (20.3)229.8 (12.0)<0.001
Lymphocytes (cells/mm3)1913.0 (83.7)1969.5 (91.4)0.557
Eosinophils (cells/mm3)124.9 (18.9)130.7 (16.0)0.702
Basophils (cells/mm3)27.0 (2.8)28.1 (2.6)0.742
Platelets (×10−3 cells/mm3)209 (90)223 (95)0.166