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1. Effects of Qigong Exercise on Non-Motor Symptoms and Inflammatory Status in Parkinson's Disease: A Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. (PubMed)

Effects of Qigong Exercise on Non-Motor Symptoms and Inflammatory Status in Parkinson's Disease: A Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Background: Non-motor symptoms such as sleep disturbance, cognitive decline, fatigue, anxiety, and depression in Parkinson's disease (PD) impact quality of life. Increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in individuals with PD have been reported, which may contribute to non-motor symptoms. A mind-body exercise, Qigong, has demonstrated benefits (...) across different medical conditions. However, a lack of evidence causes clinicians and patients to be uncertain about the effects of Qigong in individuals with PD. This study will examine the effects of Qigong on non-motor symptoms and inflammatory status in individuals with PD. Methods: Sixty individuals with PD will be recruited. Qigong and sham Qigong group (n = 30 for each) will receive a 12-week intervention. Participants will practice their assigned exercise at home (2×/day) and attend

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2019 Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)

2. Qigong for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. (PubMed)

Qigong for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Two major determinants of cardiovascular disease (CVD) are a sedentary lifestyle and stress. Qigong involves physical exercise, mind regulation and breathing control to restore the flow of Qi (a pivotal life energy). As it is thought to help reduce stress and involves exercise, qigong may be an effective strategy for the primary prevention of CVD.To determine the effectiveness of qigong for the primary prevention of CVD.We searched (...) 2013) and the Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED) (inception to December 2013), as well as trial registers and reference lists of reviews and articles; we also approached experts in the field and applied no language restrictions in our search.Randomised controlled trials lasting at least three months involving healthy adults or those at high risk of CVD. Trials examined any type of qigong, and comparison groups provided no intervention or minimal intervention. Outcomes of interest

2015 Cochrane

3. Effect of Liu zi jue Qigong on heart function in patients with chronic heart failure: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Effect of Liu zi jue Qigong on heart function in patients with chronic heart failure: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials Print | PDF PROSPERO This information has been provided by the named contact for this review. CRD has accepted this information in good faith and registered the review in PROSPERO. The registrant confirms that the information supplied for this submission is accurate and complete. CRD bears no responsibility or liability

2019 PROSPERO

4. Qigong in cancer care: a systematic review and construct analysis of effective Qigong therapy. (PubMed)

Qigong in cancer care: a systematic review and construct analysis of effective Qigong therapy. This review (a) assesses the strength of evidence addressing Qigong therapy in supportive cancer care and (b) provides insights for definition of effective Qigong therapy in supportive cancer care.This mixed-methods study includes (a) a systematic review of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) following PRISMA guidelines and (b) a constant-comparative qualitative analysis of effective intervention (...) protocols.Eleven published randomized clinical trials were reviewed. A total of 831 individuals were studied. Geographic settings include the USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Qigong therapy was found to have positive effects on the cancer-specific QOL, fatigue, immune function, and cortisol levels of individuals with cancer. Qigong therapy protocols varied supporting a plurality of styles. Qualitative analyses identified common programming constructs. Content constructs included exercise (gentle

2016 Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

5. Assessment of hormonal parameters and psychological well-being in healthy subjects after a Taoist qigong program: An exploratory study. (PubMed)

Assessment of hormonal parameters and psychological well-being in healthy subjects after a Taoist qigong program: An exploratory study. Qigong is an ancient form of health maintenance, which is part of Traditional China Medicine. Numerous beneficial mental and physical effects have been classically ascribed to this traditional psychosomatic method. The purpose of this work has been to assess the effects of Taoist qigong practice on several hormonal parameters of the Hipotalamic-Pituitary (...) -Adrenal axis and specific measures of psychological well-being in healthy subjects. Forty-three healthy volunteers participated in the study, of whom 22 were randomly allocated to the experimental group, and 21 were assigned to the control group. Experimental participants underwent a qigong training program for one month. Blood samples for the quantification of hormonal parameters, and several instruments to assess anxiety and depression symptoms as well as subjective sleep quality, were obtained

2019 Scandinavian journal of psychology

6. [Effects of Health Qigong Baduanjin on diabetes related indexes in middle-aged obese women]. (PubMed)

[Effects of Health Qigong Baduanjin on diabetes related indexes in middle-aged obese women]. To investigate the effect of Health Qigong Baduanjin on the related indexes of obese middle aged women with diabetes and to provide new ideas for the intervention treatment of diabetes.A total of 40 middle-aged female obese diabetic patients were randomly divided into the control group and the exercise group(n=20), the age was(57.2±5.4) years old. Fitness training group performed eight new Baduanjin (...) in the experimental group were decreased significantly compared with those of before exercise and those of the patients in the experimental control group before and after exercise (P<0.05).Health Qigong Baduanjin can reduce the blood sugar of obese female patients with diabetes, and has some improvement effect on the body part of obesity and blood lipid indicators.

2019 Zhongguo ying yong sheng li xue za zhi = Zhongguo yingyong shenglixue zazhi = Chinese journal of applied physiology

7. Effect of Low-Intensity, Kinectâ„¢-Based Kaimai-Style Qigong Exercise in Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes. (PubMed)

Effect of Low-Intensity, Kinectâ„¢-Based Kaimai-Style Qigong Exercise in Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of low-intensity, Kinect™-based Kaimai-style Qigong exercise among older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). A non-randomized controlled trial was conducted in a community center in Changchun, China, from July to September 2017. Participants (N = 55) were assigned to the Qigong group or control group. Participants (...) in the Qigong group received 30-minute Kinect-based Kaimai-style Qigong sessions three times per week for 12 weeks. Participants in the control group were waitlisted. Body mass index (BMI), glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), fasting blood glucose (FBG), and lipid level, as well as Mini-Mental State Examination and Berg Balance Scale scores, were measured at baseline and postintervention. The Qigong group showed decreases in weight (p = 0.002), BMI (p = 0.004), HbA1c (p = 0.001), and FBG (p = 0.018) after

2019 Journal of gerontological nursing

8. Effect of a Qigong Intervention on Telomerase Activity and Mental Health in Chinese Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Randomized Clinical Trial. (PubMed)

Effect of a Qigong Intervention on Telomerase Activity and Mental Health in Chinese Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Qigong is a mind-body exercise that may be an effective self-care intervention for improving the well-being of women survivors of intimate partner violence.To test whether a qigong intervention would increase telomerase activity and improve mental health in Chinese women who survived intimate partner violence.A single-blind randomized (...) clinical trial among Chinese women (N = 271) who survived intimate partner violence in the past 2 years recruited from a community center in Hong Kong, China. The trial was conducted from March 12, 2014, to May 26, 2016. Data analysis was by intention to treat and performed from June 7 to August 24, 2018.Randomization (1:1) to a 22-week qigong intervention (n = 136) that included 22 weeks of Baduanjin qigong group training (1-6 weeks: 2-hour sessions biweekly; 7-22 weeks: 1-hour follow-up sessions

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2019 JAMA network open

9. Physical and Psychological Health Outcomes of Qigong Exercise in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. (PubMed)

Physical and Psychological Health Outcomes of Qigong Exercise in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Physical limitations, depression and anxiety are prevalent among older adults. Mild to moderate exercise can promote physical and psychological health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Qigong, a type of Chinese traditional medicine exercise, has demonstrated beneficial effects on physical ability and mental health in adults with chronic conditions. The purpose (...) of this review was to systematically assess the effects of Qigong exercise on physical and psychological health outcomes in older adults. A total of 1282 older adults aged 62 to 83 years with depressive symptoms, frailty or chronic medical illnesses were included in this review. The meta-analysis showed that Qigong exercise resulted in significantly improved physical ability compared with active control or usual care (standardized mean difference [SMD]  =  1.00 and 1.20, respectively). The pooled effects

2019 American Journal of Chinese Medicine

10. The effects of qigong on neck pain: A systematic review. (PubMed)

The effects of qigong on neck pain: A systematic review. Neck pain is a common musculoskeletal condition that affects a large portion of the population. It is not known if qigong affects neck pain. The purpose of this review is to systematically review the effects of qigong in subjects with neck pain.A systematic review of literature indexed in the following databases: PubMed, Medline, CINAHL, Physiotherapy Evidence Database, and SportsDiscus, was conducted and methodologically graded using (...) the Physiotherapy Evidence Database Scale (PEDro).Five studies satisfied criteria and were included in this review. The majority of included studies found that qigong had a significant effect on neck pain or disability (95% CI). Qigong was not generally more effective than exercise therapy groups.The findings of this systematic review indicate that qigong might have a beneficial effect in some individuals with neck pain, although not necessarily more effective than therapeutic exercise.Copyright © 2018 Elsevier

2019 Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

11. Breath Qigong Improves Recognition in Seniors With Vascular Cognitive Impairment. (PubMed)

Breath Qigong Improves Recognition in Seniors With Vascular Cognitive Impairment. Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) or vascular dementia is widely considered to be the second-most-common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, accounting for 20% of cases. Little is known about the effectiveness of breath qigong for seniors suffering from VCI or dementia.For seniors with VCI, the study aimed to compare the benefits of qigong practice, cognitive training, and qigong practice + cognitive (...) training in improving cognitive function, memory, executive function, and daily problem-solving ability.The study was a randomized, controlled pilot study that used a prospective design with repeated measures.The study took place at the Tianjin Medical University General Hospital (Tianjin, China).Participants were 93 patients with VCI at a clinic at the hospital.The participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: (1) qigong practice, an intervention group; (2) cognitive training, a positive

2019 Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine

12. Group Qigong for Adolescent Inpatients with Anorexia Nervosa: Incentives and Barriers. (PubMed)

Group Qigong for Adolescent Inpatients with Anorexia Nervosa: Incentives and Barriers. Qigong is a mind-body intervention focusing on interoceptive awareness that appears to be a promising approach in anorexia nervosa (AN). In 2008, as part of our multidimensional treatment program for adolescent inpatients with AN, we began a weekly qigong workshop that turned out to be popular among our adolescent patients. Moreover psychiatrists perceived clinical benefits that deserved further exploration.A (...) qualitative study therefore sought to obtain a deeper understanding of how young patients with severe AN experience qigong and to determine the incentives and barriers to adherence to qigong, to understanding its meaning, and to applying it in other contexts. Data were collected through 16 individual semi-structured face-to-face interviews and analyzed with the interpretative phenomenological analysis method. Eleven themes emerged from the analysis, categorized in 3 superordinate themes describing

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2017 PLoS ONE

13. Effect of Health Qigong Mawangdui Daoyinshu on Blood Pressure of Individuals with Essential Hypertension. (PubMed)

Effect of Health Qigong Mawangdui Daoyinshu on Blood Pressure of Individuals with Essential Hypertension. 27401850 2018 08 21 2018 08 21 1532-5415 64 7 2016 07 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society J Am Geriatr Soc Effect of Health Qigong Mawangdui Daoyinshu on Blood Pressure of Individuals with Essential Hypertension. 1513-5 10.1111/jgs.14218 Chen Dezhi D Department of Wushu, Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China. eng Letter Randomized Controlled Trial United States J Am Geriatr Soc (...) 7503062 0002-8614 IM Blood Pressure physiology Essential Hypertension therapy Female Humans Male Middle Aged Qigong Quality of Life 2016 7 13 6 0 2016 7 13 6 0 2018 8 22 6 0 ppublish 27401850 10.1111/jgs.14218

2018 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

14. [Chan-Chuang Qigong Improves Exercise Capacity, Depression, and Quality of Life in Patients With Heart Failure]. (PubMed)

[Chan-Chuang Qigong Improves Exercise Capacity, Depression, and Quality of Life in Patients With Heart Failure]. Evidence-based research has shown the effects of traditional Chinese exercise on exercise capacity, depression, and quality of life in patients with cardiovascular disease. However, the effects of Chan-Chuang qigong on the physical and psychological status and on the quality of life of these patients are unknown.To investigate the effects of Chan-Chuang qigong on exercise capacity (...) , depression, and quality of life in patients with heart failure.A randomized controlled study with repeated measures was conducted. One hundred participants with heart failure were recruited from a teaching medical center in Taiwan. Permuted block randomization was used to randomly assign the participants to either the Chan-Chuang qigong group, which received Chan-Chuang qigong intervention for three-months, or the control group. The outcome variables included six-minute walk distance, depression

2018 Hu li za zhi The journal of nursing

15. Qigong intervention for breast cancer survivors with complaints of decreased cognitive function. (PubMed)

Qigong intervention for breast cancer survivors with complaints of decreased cognitive function. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of an 8-week Qigong intervention to improve objectively and subjectively assessed cognitive function in breast cancer survivors who were 2 months to 8 years post completion of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.A randomized, single-blind, three-arm intervention pilot was conducted to compare Qigong to gentle exercise and survivorship (...) adherence ranged from 44 to 67%. The a priori established rate of 75% weekly attendance was not achieved, nor was the goal of 75% adherence to home practice for the two exercise groups (7 to 41%). Self-report of cognitive function improved most for the Qigong group (p = .01). Improvement was demonstrated for the Trail Making A (gentle exercise, p = .007) and F-A-S verbal fluency (support group, p = .02) tests. Qigong participants reported the most reduction of distress (p = .02).The study results

2018 Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

16. The efficacy of Guolin-Qigong on the body-mind health of Chinese women with breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial. (PubMed)

The efficacy of Guolin-Qigong on the body-mind health of Chinese women with breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial. This study was to evaluate the efficacy of a complementary Chinese treatment modality Guolin-Qigong (GLQG) for patients with breast cancer on the body-mind health.A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted among 158 women with breast cancer. Subjects were randomized to receive GLQG (test group) versus a physical stretching program (control group) following

2018 Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation

17. [Health Qigong Wuqinxi improves hydrogen proton magnetic resonance spectra in prefrontal cortex and hippocampus in college students with mild depression]. (PubMed)

[Health Qigong Wuqinxi improves hydrogen proton magnetic resonance spectra in prefrontal cortex and hippocampus in college students with mild depression]. To investigate the effects of health Qigong Wuqinxi exercise on mild depression in college students and analyze the changes in hydrogen proton magnetic resonance spectra (1H-MRS) in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus after the exercise.Fifty-eight volunteer college students, including 30 with mild depression and 28 healthy students, were (...) randomized into the intervention group and non-intervention group. The students in the intervention group were asked to practice health Qigong Wuqinxi training for 12 weeks and those in the non-intervention group did not engage in such training. For each subject, BECK Depression Self-reported questionnaire (BDI), Hamilton Depression rating scale (HAMD) score, and the metabolic parameters of 1H-MRS in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus were evaluated before and after the intervention.Before

2018 Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University

18. Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting-The beneficial effects of Tai Chi Qigong and self-defense Kung-Fu training on psychological and endocrine health in middle aged and older men. (PubMed)

Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting-The beneficial effects of Tai Chi Qigong and self-defense Kung-Fu training on psychological and endocrine health in middle aged and older men. Higher age is associated to a variety of physical and mental disorders. Age-related changes in steroid secretion have been suggested to be an underlying mechanism leading to frailty, depression, and sexual dysfunction. However, Tai chi qigong and similar forms of exercise have been shown to improve a great variety of health (...) -related parameters in older individuals.We examined 56 self-reporting healthy men actively practicing Tai chi qigong and/or self-defense Kung-fu and 55 age-matched self-reporting healthy controls. Saliva samples were obtained in a standardized procedure for subsequent quantification of circulating testosterone and cortisol levels. In addition, depressive symptoms, life satisfaction, and sexual health were assessesd via self-report questionnaires.Age was negatively associated with testosterone, while

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2018 Complementary Therapies In Medicine

19. Acute Physiological and Psychological Effects of Qigong Exercise in Older Practitioners. (PubMed)

Acute Physiological and Psychological Effects of Qigong Exercise in Older Practitioners. Qigong is a gentle exercise that promotes health and well-being. This study evaluated the acute physiological and psychological effects of one session of qigong exercise in older practitioners. A total of 45 participants (mean age, 65.14 years) were recruited. Meridian electrical conductance, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), heart rate variability (HRV), and Short Form 36 (SF-36) were evaluated (...) and compared before and after one session of qigong exercise. The results revealed that the electrical conductance of all meridians, except spleen and bladder meridians, increased significantly (p < 0.05). Compared with baseline values, upper to lower body ratio and sympathetic/vagal index were significantly improved and closer to 1 (p = 0.011 and p = 0.007, resp.). STAI-S and STAI-T scores decreased significantly (p < 0.001 and p = 0.001, resp.). The RR interval of HRV decreased significantly (p = 0.035

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2018 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)

20. Can Tai Chi and Qigong Postures Shape Our Mood? Toward an Embodied Cognition Framework for Mind-Body Research (PubMed)

Can Tai Chi and Qigong Postures Shape Our Mood? Toward an Embodied Cognition Framework for Mind-Body Research Dynamic and static body postures are a defining characteristic of mind-body practices such as Tai Chi and Qigong (TCQ). A growing body of evidence supports the hypothesis that TCQ may be beneficial for psychological health, including management and prevention of depression and anxiety. Although a variety of causal factors have been identified as potential mediators of such health

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2018 Frontiers in human neuroscience

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