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 Qigong on relieving chronic fatigue (Craske et al., 2008).
A total of 18 Caucasian female participants were involved in the study (Craske et al., 2008). The participants had weekly Qigong training for 6 months, and practiced for 15 minutes each day. The study found that the Qigong training significantly improved factors associated with chronic fatigue. These factors included sleep quality, pain conditions, emotional attitude and general mobility.
The study indicates that Qigong training is safe with good effects for the treatment of chronic fatigue (Craske et al., 2008). Further studies with larger-scale trials and longer terms are still needed to confirm such effects. It is also necessary to explore the scientific mechanisms of such interventions.
Craske, N. J., Turner, W., et al. (2008) Qigong Ameliorates Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue: A Pilot Uncontrolled Study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.