The Effects of Qigong on Anxiety, Depression, and Psychological Well-being
February 28, 2013 -
The effect of Qigong on psychological well-being is
relatively unknown. This study, performed by China Academy of Chinese Medical
Sciences in Beijing, systematically reviewed the effects of Qigong on anxiety,
depression, and psychological well-being.
Methods: Using fifteen studies published between 2001 and 2011, a systematic
review was carried out and meta-analyses were performed on studies with
appropriate homogeneity. The quality of the outcome measures was also assessed.
Results: the researchers categorized these studies into three groups based on
the type of subjects involved as follows: (1) healthy subjects, (2) subjects
with chronic illnesses, and (3) subjects with depression. Based on the
heterogeneity assessment of available studies, meta-analyses were conducted in
three studies of patients with type II diabetes in the second group, which
suggested that Qigong was effective in reducing depression and anxiety, as
measured by Symptom Checklist 90, and in improving psychological well-being as
measured by Diabetes Specific Quality of Life Scale. Overall, the quality of
research methodology of existing studies was poor.
Conclusions: Preliminary evidence suggests that Gigong may have positive effects
on psychological well-being among patients with chronic illnesses. However the
published studies generally had significant methodological limitations. More
high-quality studies are needed.
This study is published by the journal of Evidence-Based Complement and
Alternative Medicine in January of 2013.