Qigong May Lower Hypertension

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 29, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

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 [1]; 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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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.