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A randomized controlled trial of qigong exercise on fatigue symptoms, functioning, and telomerase activity in persons with chronic fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome.

AbstractBACKGROUND:
Chronic fatigue is common in the general population. Complementary therapies are often used by patients with chronic fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome to manage their symptoms.
PURPOSE:
This study aimed to assess the effect of a 4-month qigong intervention program among patients with chronic fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome.
METHODS:
Sixty-four participants were randomly assigned to either an intervention group or a wait list control group. Outcome measures included fatigue symptoms, physical functioning, mental functioning, and telomerase activity.
RESULTS:
Fatigue symptoms and mental functioning were significantly improved in the qigong group compared to controls. Telomerase activity increased in the qigong group from 0.102 to 0.178 arbitrary units (p < 0.05). The change was statistically significant when compared to the control group (p < 0.05).
CONCLUSION:
Qigong exercise may be used as an alternative and complementary therapy or rehabilitative program for chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome.
AuthorsRainbow T H Ho, Jessie S M Chan, Chong-Wen Wang, Benson W M Lau, Kwok Fai So, Li Ping Yuen, Jonathan S T Sham, Cecilia L W Chan
JournalAnnals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (Ann Behav Med) Vol. 44 Issue 2 Pg. 160-70 (Oct 2012) ISSN: 1532-4796 [Electronic] United States
PMID22736201 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Randomized Controlled Trial, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
Chemical References
  • Telomerase
Topics
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Fatigue (blood, therapy)
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic (blood, therapy)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Telomerase (metabolism)
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Waiting Lists

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