Qigong and Stress Management

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 20, 2014

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Qigong is another mind-body practice that may help people to manage stress, according to a research review of seven randomized, controlled trials available in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2014; doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-8). Researchers from the University of Hong Kong conducted the review to evaluate qigong’s ability to reduce stress and anxiety among healthy adults.

The study authors concluded that qigong is effective in relieving anxiety and reducing stress—perhaps because of the structured body movements and deep diaphragmatic and rhythmic breathing. These practices may affect the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine system, neurotransmitters and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, the reviewers suggested. More large, well-defined studies are required to substantiate and refine these findings.

The review is available online at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3893407.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.