Qigong Exercise for Bereaved Persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-Like Illness
November 19, 2015 -
Bereavement may bring negative impacts on the mind, body, and spiritual
well-being of grieving persons. Some bereaved persons with chronic fatigue
syndrome- (CFS-) illness experience a dual burden of distress.
A new study published by in the latest issue of Evidence Based Complement Alternative
Medicine investigated the effects of bereavement on CFS-like illness by
comparing bereaved and non-bereaved participants. The researchers from Hong Kong
and Beijing in this study also adopted a random group design to investigate the
effectiveness of Qigong on improving the well-being of bereaved participants.
The Qigong intervention comprised 10 group sessions delivered twice a week for 5
weeks and home-practice for at least three times a week lasting 15-30 minutes
each. The participants' fatigue, anxiety, and depression, quality of life (QoL),
and spiritual well-being were measured at baseline and 3 months after treatment.
The bereaved participants experienced significantly greater mental fatigue and
lower physical QoL than their non-bereaved counterparts. After 3 months, the
mental fatigue and physical fatigue experienced by the Qigong intervention group
had declined significantly, and improvements on their spirituality and
psychological QoL scores exceeded those of the control group.