The Sustaining Effects of Tai Chi Qigong in Promoting Psychosocial Health in COPD Patients
December 16, 2013 -
Some researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong recently completed a
study to evaluate the sustaining effects of Tai Chi Qigong (TCQ) in improving the psychosocial health in chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in the sixth month.
COPD affects both physical and emotional aspects of life. Measures to minimize
patients' suffering need to be implemented. In this study, 206 COPD patients
were randomly assigned into three groups: TCQ group, exercise group, and control
Subjects in the TCQ group completed a Tai Chi Qigong
program consisting of two 60-minute sessions each week for three months. They
were advised to continue daily self-practice of Tai Chi Qigong upon completion
of the instructor-led program. Subjects in the exercise group were taught to
practice breathing exercise combined with walking as an exercise. They were also
advised to self-practice the breathing and walking exercises daily. A diary was
given to the subjects in both the TCQ and exercise groups to record the
frequency of their self-practice. Subjects in the control group were instructed
to maintain their usual daily activities. No extra exercise was recommended.
Significant group-by-time interactions in quality of life (QOL) using St.
George's respiratory questionnaire and the perceived social support from friends
using multidimensional scale of perceived social support were noted.
Improvements were observed in the TCQ group only.
The researchers came to conclusions that TCQ has sustaining effects in improving
psychosocial health; it is also a useful and appropriate exercise for COPD
Their findings were published by the
Scientific World Journal.