Pilot Study Shows Qigong Ameliorates Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue
A study published in the June 2009 issue of Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. indicates that qigong could be used to manage the
symptoms of chronic fatigue.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners consider
that chronic fatigue reflects a disharmony and depletion in the supply of qi in the body. Qigong is one of the traditional
complementary interventions used to strengthen qi
through self-practice, and to manage the state of qi
to prevent and cure disease.
In this new study carried out by a group of
researchers from U.K. and Korea, 18 Caucasian, British female participants were
recruited, taught a qigong routine during weekly classes over 6 months, and
asked to practice it daily for 15 min. Participants completed the core set of
the RAND Medical Outcomes Study questionnaire (RAND MOS) and a sleep diary
during the 2-week baseline control period, and at 3 and 6 months following the
start of the trial.
The qigong intervention resulted in significant
changes in sleep rate score, Sleep Problems, Social Activity, Social Activity Limitation due to Health, Health Distress,
Mental Health Index and Psychological Well-being.
Qigong seems to improve factors related to chronic
fatigue such as sleep, pain, mental attitude and general mobility after 3 and 6
months. Qigong's positive effects indicate that it represents a potentially
safe method of treatment for chronic fatigued patients.
However, the researchers cannot completely discount
the possible influence of placebo effects, and more objective clinical measures
are needed to reproduce their findings with long-term follow-up in a
randomized, controlled study involving a larger number of subjects.