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Effects of Qigong Therapy for Arthritis

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  • Kevin Chen
    I have just published a review entitled Effects of Qigong Therapy on Arthritis: A Review and Report of a Pilot Trial in Medical Paradigm, A new medical
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 12, 2004
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      I have just published a review entitled "Effects of Qigong Therapy on
      Arthritis: A Review and Report of a Pilot Trial" in Medical Paradigm, A new
      medical journal defining a new balance in health care. This study was
      partially supported by a research grant from Qigong Institute
      (www.qigonginstitute.org). Following is the citation and abstract. You
      may get the entire first issue of the journal online from the following URL:


      Effects of Qigong Therapy on Arthritis: A Review and Report of a Pilot Trial
      Kevin W Chen and Tianjun Liu
      Medical Paradigm, 1(1): 36-48.

      Background: Patients with chronic pain, like arthritis, are increasingly
      seeking alternatives to Western medicine. Many have benefited from
      acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy. TCM theory
      purports that arthritis is due to a blockage of the qi flow. Qigong
      therapy, like acupuncture, is said to alter qi flow and strengthen internal
      qi, either through self-practice or through external qi emission.
      Objective: To review literature of qigong therapy for arthritis, to help
      further understanding of the possible applications of qigong therapy in
      pain relief; and to report the results of an open pilot study of external
      qi therapy for arthritis.
      Methods: Literatures derived from Medline, Qigong Database, China National
      Knowledge Infra-structure (CNKI), and the library database at the Beijing
      University of Medicine cover both open trial without control and randomized
      control trials. In our open trial, 10 patients with arthritis were
      recruited, and six of them completed all 3 treatments and one-month
      follow-up exam.
      Measures: Visual analogue scale (VAS) on pain and mood were used pre- and
      post-treatment. Other measures include physical disability scale;
      Spielberger anxiety scale, and swollen/tender joint count.
      Results: All patients reported some degree of symptom relief, reduction in
      pain and negative mood, decreased anxiety score, and reduced active
      pain/tender joints (except one), and reduction in movement difficulty
      scores. Two reported complete relief without any pain one month after the
      Conclusions: Literature review suggests the strong evidence of therapeutic
      effect of qigong on reducing pain and relieving symptoms of arthritis.
      Although our pilot trial is far from conclusive due to the small sample
      without control, the results suggest that further studies are warranted to
      determine the efficacy of Qigong therapy for arthritis with a large sample.

      Keywords: qigong, bioenergy therapy, energy medicine, arthritis, review,
      pain relief, anxiety, functional movement.
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