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The Efficacy of Tai Chi and Qigong for Parkinson's Disease

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April 23, 2015 -
The journal 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.


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