Qigong Yi Jinjing Promotes Pulmonary Function, Physical Activity, Quality of Life and Emotion Regulation in COPD Patients
September 26, 2016 -
A pilot study from China, reported by the Journal of alternative and complementary medicine in August, 2016, examined the effect of a Chinese traditional exercise program, Qigong Yi Jinjing (QYJJ), on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
One hundred and thirty eligible COPD patients were randomly divided into three groups: 42 in the QYJJ group, 43 in the self-management exercise group, and 45 in the control group. Data was collected and analyzed at baseline and again at one, three, and six months. A pulmonary rehabilitation index, consisting of pulmonary function, six-minute walk test, Regulatory Emotion Self-Efficacy questionnaire, and exercise of the COPD Assessment Test widely used to evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQL) in participants with COPD, was measured.
Compared with the other groups, participants in QYJJ group had significantly better lung function (forced expiratory volume in one second, forced expiratory volume in one second, forced vital capacity, the percentage of forced expiratory volume in one second in prediction); walked a longer distance, and had more satisfactory health-related quality of life (HRQL).
QYJJ training also contributed to improving the ability of emotion regulation. There were significant positive changes in expressing positive effect and managing despondency/distress, apart from the ability to regulate anger/irritation. The longer QYJJ is practiced, the more effective the influence is on the pulmonary rehabilitation-related index measures.
These results indicate that QYJJ exercise produced positive effects on pulmonary function, physical activity, emotion regulation self-efficiency (modulating the expression of despondency or distress and experiencing and expressing positive affect), and health-related quality of life (HRQL) in patients with COPD.