Positive Psychological Effects of Yi Ren Medical Qigong for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
April 28, 2012 -
Previous studies suggest that qigong therapy has
physiological benefits for adults with type 2 diabetes; however, information
about the psychological benefits of qigong
therapy in this population is limited.
The objective of this research project was to identify psychological responses
to qigong vs control interventions in adults with
type 2 diabetes.
The research team designed a randomized, controlled, three-arm clinical trial
comparing 12 weeks of Yi Ren Medical Qigong
(YRMQ), progressive resistance training (PRT), and standard care.
The study was performed at Bastyr University Research Institute, Kenmore,
Participants were 13 men and 19 women with diagnosed type 2 diabetes, a mean age
of 56.3±8.1 (standard deviation) years, glycated hemoglobin>7.5%, and fasting
blood glucose>7 mmol/dL (126 mg/dL).
For 12 weeks, participants in the YRMQ and PRT group attended a 1-hour weekly
group session that a certified instructor led and were instructed to practice at
least twice a week for 30 minutes. Primary Outcome Measures The research team
used the Perceived Stress Scale and the Beck Depression Inventory scores to
analyze the data.
YRMQ decreased perceived-stress scores by 29.3% (P<.05) and depression scores by
14.3% (not significant [NS]). The active control group, PRT, also decreased
stress scores by 18.6% (NS) and decreased depression scores by 50% (P<.03).
Stress and depression measures remained unchanged in the standard care group.
YRMQ and PRT may be beneficial in reducing perceived stress and improving
depression in patients with type 2 diabetes, although verification of the
clinical significance of these findings requires a longer study with a larger
This study is published in the
2012 Jan-Feb/span> issue of
Alternative Therapies in Health and