Saturday, September 5, 2015

Why Practice Qigong? Some Web Resources

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Here are a few important web-based research resources that show how effectively qigong meets the challenges of depression and anxiety, chronic pain, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, bone density issues, cardiac and cancer rehab, falls and balance problems, immune function, and addiction.  

Kim teaches Qigong Monday mornings at 10:15 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Alpena, MI

Some Research-Based Information about Qigong

This article is highly technical but if you are willing to wade through it, gives a very well researched overview of the health and psychological benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi.

Results from the Abstract Page

Seventy-seven articles met the inclusion criteria. The 9 outcome category groupings that emerged were: bone density (n=4), cardiopulmonary effects (n=19), physical function (n=16), falls and related risk factors (n=23), Quality of Life (n=17), self-efficacy (n=8), patient reported outcomes (n=13), psychological symptoms (n=27), and immune function (n=6).
Fascinating research that ranges from cancer rehab to helping kick heroin addiction.  Technical reads, but fairly accessible to the general public.
Well-known qigong instructor and therapist Ken Cohen shares some of the strong evidence that qigong is useful in fighting cancer.  Easy to access tables and commentary.
A very easy to read short article in the Wall Street Journal about the benefits of Qigong for folks suffering from depression.  Mention of a cancer study as well.
Easy to digest look at a range of issues helped by Qigong practice, including chronic pain and depression.
Highlights of recent studies include:
  • A review of clinical trials of t’ai chi and qigong in older adults reported in the March 2009 issue of the Western Journal of Nursing Research notes that qigong improves physical functioning, limits fall risk, alleviates symptoms depression and anxiety, and lowers blood pressure in older adults. Last year, that same journal reported that qigong improved the physical health of middle-aged women
  • According to the February 2009 issue of The Journal of Nursing, “evidence-based research supports the argument that qigong improves cardiovascular-respiratory function and lipid profile, decreases blood sugar, and relieves anxiety and depression.”
  • Meanwhile, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine(NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health, has funded many studies related to both practices, linking t’ai chi to improved sleep quality in older adults, increased immunity to shingles virus in older adults, and healthy bone mineral density in postmenopausal women.
  • Clinical trials are underway investigating the use of t’ai chi for fibromyalgia,osteoarthritis of the knee and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Researchers are studying t’ai chi’s benefits for cancer survivors and patients with bone lossheart disease, type 2 diabetes and other conditions.
You will find, if you peruse the web, many more sites with interesting research.  As always, if you are not sure you are a good candidate to begin Qigong, check with your health professional. It is very possible to do qigong not just on land, but also in water, and to use a chair for balance assistance.  Seated Qigong is also a lovely way to enter into this ancient martial art.

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