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Tools for Teachers - What is Qigong handout

The NQA Research and Education Committee is happy to provide qigong instructors with this handout to that describes what is qigong and some of its benefits. Revised 2018.

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Antioxidative and Hypoglycemic effect of qigong

This study utilized measurable biomarkers to demonstrate the impact of tai chi qigong. It was a relatively large study with a control group and found a statistically significant decrease in Hbq A1C (a pre-diabetes marker), a statistically significant increase in antioxidant markers, and a decrease in the oxidative stress score. The participants did Tai Chi Easy five days a week for six months. This is a impressive study.


Hypoglycemic and antioxidant effect of Tai chi exercise training in older adults with metabolic syndrome.

Clin Interv Aging. 2018 Apr 3;13:523-531. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S157584. eCollection 2018.

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Qigong exercises for patients post stroke


This high quality meta-analysis study review found that MB exercises (like Qigong) as an add-on treatment may potentially improve depression, activities of daily living, and mobility of these post-stroke patients. They limited the studies to those that were at least 5 weeks long, and they all showed positive results post stroke. This meta-analysis demonstrated a very high level of rigor (using the PRISMA checklist), and is the combined work of Chinese and American Researchers.

“To our knowledge, this is the first meta-analysis that included the rehabilitative effects of tai chi and qigong among stroke survivors. The main findings from this systematic review are of great significance for the public health sector since many stroke survivors have varying degrees of depression and loss of functional capacity—both of which affect their mood, functioning, and quality of life. MB exercises can be employed as safe and inexpensive complementary treatments to offer these patients more favorable outcomes.”


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Qigong and Heart Failure

 


Encouraging results were found in this meta-study review of research on people with Heart Failure. Twenty-four Random Control studies were reviewed with a total of 1,314 participants. Qigong is included in the Tai chi studies.

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Harvard Meta-Analysis on Qigong and Cancer

Harvard Researcher Peter Wayne Meta-analysis on Qigong and Cancer


A very interesting article about the benefits of qigong during cancer challenges was recently published. Peter Wayne of Harvard University published a meta study review of 22 studies, of which 15 were randomized control research studies with 1,283 participants. He found that TCQ shows promise in addressing cancer-related symptoms and QOL in cancer survivors.




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Qigong Exercises for Diabetes

Qigong exercise has shown promising results in clinical experience and in randomized, controlled pilot studies for affecting aspects of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) including blood glucose, triglycerides, total cholesterol, weight, BMI and insulin resistance.

Qigong Exercises for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Amy L. Putiri, Jacqueline R. Close, Harold Ryan Lilly, Nathalie Guillaume, and Guan-Cheng Sun, Wen Liu, Academic Editor

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Qigong Prevents memory deficits and cognitive decline

Qigong and Memory - Preventing memory deficits and cognitive decline


Objectively using MRI imaging, this study showed that Qigong and Tai Chi can increase gray matter in the brain in older adults. It showed that there truly are physical changes in the brain with qigong, when practiced for twelve weeks.   The first article’s results demonstrate the potential of Tai Chi Chuan and Baduanjin exercise for the prevention of memory deficits in older adults. The second article’s findings demonstrate the potential of Tai Chi Chuan and Baduanjin exercises in preventing cognitive decline.

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Know the Evidence May 2017 Updated Review

Know the Evidence May 2017 Updated Review Of Current Metastudy Research on Qigong


The NQA Research and Education Committee is happy to share with you this important information on the current state of research on qigong.

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Tai Chi and Qigong for Insomnia

Tai Chi and Qigong for Insomnia

UCLA has been doing high quality research in qigong and tai chi practiced as qigong. This RCT study showed significant impact on insomnia, and the low cost and easy access to tai chi was emphasized as well making tai chi an excellent option for people suffering from insomnia.

 

Excerpts from UCLA Press Release

UCLA study shows that slow-moving meditation practice  works just as well as talk therapy, and better than medication.

New UCLA research shows that tai chi, a form of slow-moving meditation, is just as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy, which has been considered the “gold standard” treatment, with both showing enduring benefits over one year.

 

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Recommendation: May 2017 issue of Harvard HealthBeat cites Tai Chi moves (aka qigong)

May 2017 issue of Harvard HealthBeat  newsletter addresses balance, and highlights tai chi moves (aka qigong) as one of the ways to improve balance.

 

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Cultivating life energy, Qigong in Cancer Care

Cultivating life energy, Qigong in Cancer Care

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Qigong in Cancer Care: Theory, Evidence-Base, and Practice.

 

Qigong in Cancer Care: Theory, Evidence-Base, and Practice.  Author: Penelope Klein.

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Important Qigong and Breast Cancer Study -April 2017

Qigong and Breast Cancer Study -April 2017

 

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Emerging Research Bibliography

Emerging Research Supporting Health Benefits of Qigong Exercise and Tai Chi practiced as Qigong: 2010 through 2014. A Bibliography.

  • A search and review of the literature for high quality research studies resulted in identification of 64 articles: 53 primary, randomized controlled clinical studies and 11 literature reviews validating therapeutic benefit of qigong exercise and tai chi practiced as qigong.
  • The assembled bibliography was then categorized into clinical areas including cancer care, fall prevention, cardiac and cardiovascular, pulmonary care, healthy aging, stress management and immune support quality of life, general health benefits,  Bone Health, Parkinson’s , Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Obesity, Diabetes, Neurologic, and Mode of delivery.
  • It is the hoped that this bibliographic effort will serve as a resource in advancement of qigong exercise practice in health promotion and integrative health care.
  • This bibliography is a service of the National Qigong Association, Research and Education Committee.


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Know the Evidence Meta Study Review

“Know the Evidence” Meta Study Review

  • The legitimacy of any healthcare intervention is grounded by research evidence. The ‘Know the Evidence’ resource is commentary on the most current systematic reviews and meta-analyses rather than the reporting of individual studies.
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are among the top level of the hierarchy of research evidence. They provide a comprehensive review of all relevant studies on a particular clinical or health-related topic/question.
  • This paper is intended to inform our membership and the public on the most current evidence of effectiveness of qigong (and tai chi practiced as qigong) therapy.
  • ‘Know the Evidence’ is a service of the National Qigong Association, Research and Education Committee


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Tools for Teachers - Respected Organizations Endorse Qigong

The NQA Research and Education Committee is happy to provide this handout for qigong instructors to use in support of qigong programs.

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Evidence Based Practice: Part 2 The Proof

The NQA Research and Education Committee is happy to present the second part of series on Evidence Based Practice to help qigong instructors understand and apply research in their practice.

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Evidence Based Practice: Part 1 Know the Basics

The NQA Research and Education Committee is happy to present the first part in a series to help qigong instructors understand and apply research findings in their practice.

 

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Qigong Institute

Please explore this valuable collection of research on qigong at www.QigongInstitute.org. The Qigong Institute is a quality partner of the NQA for promoting qigong excellence.

MEDITATION CAN CHANGE YOUR BRAIN

From the NQA Research and Education Committee

MEDITATION CAN CHANGE YOUR BRAIN

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