Qigong May Lower Hypertension
Consistent practice of the ancient Chinese art of qigong may offer relief to people with high blood pressure, according to a paper published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2008, 14 ; 27–37). Scientists reviewed 92 studies but found only nine that qualified for meta-analysis. Among these studies, people who consistently practiced qigong experienced a greater drop in blood pressure than those who received no treatment of any kind. However, qigong did not prove more beneficial than either drug therapy or conventional exercise.The study authors recommended further methodologically rigorous research to examine the clinical benefits from consistent practice of qigong and the physiological reasons why qigong helps restore healthy blood pressure levels.
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