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

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.
This study aimed to assess the effect of a 4-month qigong intervention program among patients with chronic fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome.
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.
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).
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
  • 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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