Qigong Reduces Fatigue in Hemodialysis Patients
April 18, 2014 -
Fatigue is a debilitating symptom in
hemodialysis patients. Qigong presents
a potentially safe modality of treatment for chronic fatigue patients but has
not yet been evaluated in hemodialysis patients. A new study performed in Taiwan
investigated whether Qigong exercise
affects fatigue in hemodialysis patients.
A 6-month non-randomized control trial with six measurement
periods was conducted. The Qigong group
was taught to practice Qigong three
times per week for six months. The control group received usual routine care.
Main outcome measure Fatigue, as measured by the "Hemodialysis Patients Fatigue
A total of 172 patients participated in this study, with 71
patients in the Qigong group
and 101 patients in the control group. The results indicated that all patients
experienced mild to moderate fatigue. There was no difference between the Qigong and control groups in fatigue at
baseline. However, fatigue was lower in the Qigong group
than in the control group at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 20 weeks, and 24
weeks. The results, based on the generalized estimating equation method, showed
that fatigue was significantly lower in the Qigong group
than in the control group.
Conclusion: fatigue in the Qigong group showed a continuous decrease,
which was maintained until the end of data collection at 24 weeks. Thus it shows
that Qigong presents
a potentially effective and safe method to reduce fatigue in hemodialysis
This study is
published in the April 2014 issue of Complementary therapies in medicine.