The Efficacy of Tai Chi and Qigong for Parkinson's Disease
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April 23, 2015 -
Public Library of Science recently published a systematic review that evaluates
the evidence on the effect of Tai Chi and Qigong for Parkinson's Disease.
Seven English and Chinese electronic databases, up to
October 2014, were searched to identify relevant studies. Fifteen trials were
included in the review. Tai Chi and Qigong were used as assisting pharmacological treatments of
Parkinson's Disease in the previous studies. Tai Chi plus medication showed
greater improvements in motor function, Berg balance scale, and time up and go
test. Compared with other therapy plus medication, Tai Chi plus medication also
showed greater gains in motor function and functional reach test. However, Tai
Chi plus medication did not showed better improvements in gait or quality of
life. There was not sufficient evidence to support or refute the effect of Qigong plus
medication for Parkinson's Disease.
In the previous studies, Tai Chi and Qigong were used as assisting pharmacological treatments of Parkinson's Disease. The current
systematic review showed positive evidence of Tai Chi plus medication for
Parkinson's Disease of mild-to-moderate severity. So Tai Chi plus medication
should be recommended for Parkinson's Disease management, especially in
improving motor function and balance. Qigong plus medication also showed potential
gains in the management of Parkinson's Disease. However, more high quality
studies with long follow-up are warrant to confirm the current findings.