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421. Use of qigong therapy in the detoxification of heroin addicts. (Abstract)

Use of qigong therapy in the detoxification of heroin addicts. Qigong is a traditional Chinese health practice believed to have special healing and recovery power. Little scientific documentation was found on qigong and its effectiveness, and no literature was found on qigong as a treatment of substance addiction.To explore the effectiveness of qigong therapy on detoxification of heroin addicts compared to medical and nonmedical treatment.Participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups (...) : qigong treatment group (n = 34), medication group (n = 26), and no-treatment control group (n = 26).Eighty-six male heroin addicts, aged 18 to 52 years, who met the substance-dependence criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition Revised, with a history of heroin use from .5 to 11 years. All were residents at a mandatory drug-treatment center in the People's Republic of China.The qigong group practiced Pan Gu qigong and received qi adjustments from a qigong

2002 Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine Controlled trial quality: uncertain

422. Qigong reduced blood pressure and catecholamine levels of patients with essential hypertension. (Abstract)

Qigong reduced blood pressure and catecholamine levels of patients with essential hypertension. This study was designed to investigate the efficacy of Qigong as a non-pharmacological treatment of hypertension and evaluate the contribution of Qigong in the blood pressure (BP) reduction of essential hypertension patients. Fifty-eight patients volunteered to participate in this study and were randomly divided into either a Qigong group (n = 29), or a wait list control group (n = 29). In response (...) to 10 weeks of Qigong, systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), and rate pressure product (RPP) were decreased significantly. There was a significant reduction of norepinephrine, epinephrine, cortisol, and stress level by the Qigong. These results suggest that Qigong may reduce BP and catecholamines via stabilizing the sympathetic nervous system. Therefore, Qigong is an effective nonpharmacological modality to reduce BP in essential hypertensive patients.

2003 The International journal of neuroscience Controlled trial quality: uncertain

423. Qigong as a psychosocial intervention for depressed elderly with chronic physical illnesses. (Abstract)

Qigong as a psychosocial intervention for depressed elderly with chronic physical illnesses. Literature uncovers that depression is common in elderly people. The problem is more serious in elderly with chronic physical illnesses. Although the relationship between physical problems and depression is well documented, the underlying mechanism is basically unknown. This article proposed after a comprehensive literature review that depression in elderly with chronic physical illnesses results from (...) disability and a reduction in psychosocial resources. If depression is left untreated, suicide may be a consequence. In view of this, various forms of psychosocial interventions are developed based on mainstream western medicine. The authors argue that qigong, a form of Chinese therapeutics, has the effect of alleviating clinical depression and thus improves quality of life. A simple form of dynamic qigong, namely the Eight-Section Brocades, is suggested to serve the purpose. A theory which explains

2002 International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

424. A preliminary study of the effect of external qigong on lymphoma growth in mice. Full Text available with Trip Pro

A preliminary study of the effect of external qigong on lymphoma growth in mice. To examine the effectiveness of external qigong on the in vivo growth of transplantable murine lymphoma cells in mice.Qigong is a traditional Chinese health practice that is believed by many to have special preventive and healing power. Underlying the system is the belief in the existence of a subtle energy (qi), which circulates throughout the body, and when strengthened or balanced, can improve health and ward (...) off or slow the progress of disease. To date, much of the literature showing the effects of qi are presented in the non-Western literature, and as such are viewed with considerable skepticism. In an attempt to demonstrate qi in a controlled setting, the effect of external qigong emission from a qigong healer on the in vivo growth of transplantable murine lymphoma cells in mice was explored in two pilot studies.In study 1, 30 SJL/J mice were injected intravenously with lymphoma cells that localize

2002 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

425. Electrodermal measurements for monitoring the effects of a qigong workshop. (Abstract)

Electrodermal measurements for monitoring the effects of a qigong workshop. Electrodermal measurements with a Ryodoraku instrument were used to monitor the effects of a 2-day qigong workshop on the body energy of participants.Measurements were made of the relative electrical conductivity of 24 acupuncture points on the wrists and feet of 29 subjects. Each subject was measured in the morning and afternoon of each day, and the subjects served as their own control.The standard deviation (...) that is attributed to a circadian rhythm.The improved balance of qi energy in the body of the participants indicates that qigong practice has the potential to improve health. Electrodermal measurements for monitoring Eastern and Western therapies are discussed.

2003 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

426. Benefits of external qigong therapy on morphine-abstinent mice and rats. Full Text available with Trip Pro

Benefits of external qigong therapy on morphine-abstinent mice and rats. To exclude possible psychological effects of qigong therapy in the treatment of addiction effectively, morphine-dependence models need to be established in mice and rats.The effects of external qi on withdrawal syndrome were examined in naloxone-precipitated mice and rats in three randomized control experiments: naloxone-precipitated test in morphine-dependent mice (n = 100 in 5 groups, 20 mice each group); conditioned (...) position preference test in morphine-abstinent mice (n = 30 for 3 groups, 10 each); and naloxone-precipitated test with paired box in morphine-dependent rats (n = 40 for 4 groups, 10 each).These experiments showed that morphine-dependent mice, after external qigong (EQ) therapy, had decreased incidence of jumping and lower jumping frequencies, and attenuated loss of body weight. After EQ therapy, morphine-dependent rats had reduced withdrawal scores and body weight loss was inhibited

2003 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

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