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High Salt Intake, Anxiety, and Aging

The aging processes are related to the functional weakening in the cognitive and cardiovascular aspects. Such changes may be influenced by external stressors such as high dietary salt intake, which may affect the cardiovascular and mental conditions. A study examined … Continue reading

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Benefits of Qigong Exercise for Elderly with Depression

Researchers in Hong Kong performed a randomized controlled trial to investigate the psychosocial influences of Qigong on elderly with depression (Tsang et al., 2006). A total of 82 participants with depression were involved in the study. The intervention group received … Continue reading

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The Effects of Qigong and Tai Chi on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Researchers at Boston University explored the effects of Qigong and Tai Chi on helping survivors of torture and refugee trauma (Grodin et al., 2008). They assessed the general effects of torture and refugee trauma, emphasizing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They … Continue reading

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Qigong Can Relieve Chronic Fatigue

According to Chinese Medicine, chronic fatigue is caused by the disharmony and weakening of Qi. Qigong can provide effective interventions to strengthen and adjust the conditions of Qi for disease prevention and treatment. Researchers in UK evaluated the effects of … Continue reading

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Qigong Can Relieve Long-Term Neck Pain

Researchers in Sweden compared the effectiveness of Qigong and exercise therapy in patients with long-term nonspecific neck pain (Lansinger et al., 2007). A total of 122 patients were involved in the study and had either Qigong training or exercise therapy. … Continue reading

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The Effects of Qigong on Pain and Fibromyalgia (FMS)

Researchers investigated the effects of Qigong on pain using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) (Yu et al., 2007). They examined four male Qigong masters who had more than 30-year experience of Qigong practice. The researchers observed the change of brain … Continue reading

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Effects of Qigong Exercise on Parkinson’s Disease

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Many alternative and complementary therapeutic methods have been used by patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Researchers in Germany examined the immediate and continuous effects of Qigong on motor and nonmotor … Continue reading

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Qigong May Help during Epidemic Crisis

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Researchers studied the effects of Qigong practice among chronically sick patients during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Hong Kong (Siu et al., 2007). Researchers investigated how the … Continue reading

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The Effects of Medical Qigong on Quality of Life in Cancer Patients

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology How to Practice Qigong: The Basics and Principles In cancer patients, quality of life (QOL) of is often reduced because of the side effects of anticancer treatments. Medical Qigong is … Continue reading

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Qigong Practice and Blood Biochemical Parameters

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Researchers in Spain studied the effects of Qigong practice on blood biochemical variables (Vera et al., 2007). A total of 29 healthy subjects were involved in the study. Sixteen people … Continue reading

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The Effects of Qigong Practice on Saliva

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Can Qigong have physical effects? Researchers analyzed the effects of Qigong practice on saliva (Bayat-Movahed et al., 2008). They measured the volume, pH and secretory immunoglobulin A (S-IgA) level of … Continue reading

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Finding the Best Practice Duration for Qigong

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Qigong exercise has been found to have many psychological and physical benefits. However, it is not known how long it should be practiced for the best effects, i.e., the best … Continue reading

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Qigong Exercise with Intrinsic Motivation has Better Effects

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Qigong exercise has been found as a useful intervention for improving both mental and physical health. Researchers in Sweden examined the roles of self-determined motivation and perceived stress in the … Continue reading

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The Effects of Qigong on Stress Management in Computer Workers

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Qigong training has been found to relieve psychosomatic and physical problems by adjusting the sympathetic nervous system. Computer operators often work in a stressful environment. Researchers in Sweden studied the … Continue reading

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Tai Chi and Qigong Training May Help Improve Balance

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Tai Chi, a combination of Qigong meditation and exercise, has been found helpful for improving functional balance among older people. Researchers at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) studied the influence … Continue reading

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Qigong can Help Reduce Stress among Hospital Staff

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology People working at hospitals are often under stress. Researchers at University of Colorado studied the effects of Qigong training on stress regulation among hospital staff (Griffith et al., 2008). A … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Qigong for Middle-Aged Women

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Muscle/Tendon Change Classic (MTCC) Qigong is an exercise featured with slow movements involving many body parts but not very complicated to practice. It has been found beneficial for the middle-aged … Continue reading

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Tai Chi and Qigong for Metabolic Syndrome

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Researchers in Australia evaluated the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong exercise on metabolic syndrome and glycemic levels among patients with higher blood glucose (Xin et al., 2008). Eleven people … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Qigong Practice and the Immune Responses in Older Adults

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Tai Chi Qigong practice has been found to be beneficial to health and may promote the immune functions. Researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) examined the effects of … Continue reading

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Health Benefits of Qigong for Chronic Diseases

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Researchers studied the clinical benefits and the possible psychophysiological mechanisms of Qigong through meta-analysis of the available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) (Ng and Tsang, 2009). They found that Qigong practices … Continue reading

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Qigong Practice May Change the EEG Patterns

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Researchers in China studied the EEG pattern of a Qigong practitioner with 50 years of experiences in Qigong practice (Qin et al., 2009). They found that after 50 years of … Continue reading

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Long-Term Meditation and the Brain

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Transcendental meditation may promote the blood flow to the brain. The effects of meditation are quite different from those after simple rests or sleep. The practice of meditation may awaken … Continue reading

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Meditation and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Meditation practices may have impacts on physiological pathways related to stress and various diseases. Meditation practices have been found to have benefits including • Calming the mind; • Promoting focused … Continue reading

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Meditation, Anxiety, and Stress Management

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Relaxation techniques including meditation are becoming popular approaches for anxiety problems. A meta-analysis of data from 10 years of trials compared various relaxation techniques including autogenic training, applied relaxation, and … Continue reading

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Meditation and Professional Stress

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Yoga and meditation have many benefits. These practices can alleviate stress and anxiety, reduce mood disturbance, ease musculoskeletal problems, and improve both cognitive and physical performances. The mind-body approaches often … Continue reading

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