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Qigong Exercise for Bereaved Persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-Like Illness
November 19, 2015 -
Bereavement may bring negative impacts on the mind, body, and spiritual well-being of grieving persons. Some bereaved persons with chronic fatigue syndrome- (CFS-) illness experience a dual burden of distress.

A new study published by in the latest issue of Evidence Based Complement Alternative Medicine investigated the effects of bereavement on CFS-like illness by comparing bereaved and non-bereaved participants. The researchers from Hong Kong and Beijing in this study also adopted a random group design to investigate the effectiveness of Qigong on improving the well-being of bereaved participants.

The Qigong intervention comprised 10 group sessions delivered twice a week for 5 weeks and home-practice for at least three times a week lasting 15-30 minutes each. The participants' fatigue, anxiety, and depression, quality of life (QoL), and spiritual well-being were measured at baseline and 3 months after treatment.

The bereaved participants experienced significantly greater mental fatigue and lower physical QoL than their non-bereaved counterparts. After 3 months, the mental fatigue and physical fatigue experienced by the Qigong intervention group had declined significantly, and improvements on their spirituality and psychological QoL scores exceeded those of the control group.


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