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 effects of Qigong on stress in computer operators (Skoglund and Jansson, 2007).

A total of 10 female subjects were involved in the study received the Qigong training (Skoglund and Jansson, 2007). Researchers measured the testing subjects’ heart rate, blood pressure, and finger temperature at the beginning and the end of each working day for 5 weeks. They also measured catecholamine excretion in the urine and recorded their stress levels.

The study found that Qigong training decreased levels of noradrenaline excretion in urine, and adjusted the heart rate and temperature (Skoglund and Jansson, 2007). These changes suggest decreased activities of the sympathetic nervous system. Qigong was also found to relieve low-back problems.

These findings indicate that Qigong training may relieve stress among those with intense computer work (Skoglund and Jansson, 2007). Further studies with larger scale of trials are necessary to confirm the results and to find out the mechanisms, especially those relevant to psychoneuroimmunology (PNI).


Skoglund, L. and Jansson, E. (2007) Qigong reduces stress in computer operators. Complement Ther Clin Pract 13, 78-84.

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