Qigong Improves Physical Fatigue & Telomerase

A group at the University of Hong Kong divided 64 participants who met symptom criteria for CFS (Fukuda) into two groups. One group received a 4-month qigong intervention and the other was put into a wait-list control. Physical and mental fatigue scores at baseline show a milder impact of symptoms than in other CFS studies. For 5 consecutive weeks, those in the intervqigong-pix-300x232ention group received a 2-hour session twice per week; sessions consisted of 30 min. education session + 20 min. meditation + 60 min. qigong training. During the 4-month period that followed, participants were expected to engage in daily 30-min. qigong practice. They measured blood levels of telomerase activity at baseline and at the end of the intervention. Telomerase is an emerging surrogate measure of disease risk, disease progression and premature mortality. Results indicate that qigong improved physical fatigue symptoms, but did not have much effect on mental fatigue or physical functioning. Qigong also improved telomerase activity. They suggest qigong as an alternative therapy or rehabilitation program for CFS. This is the third study of qigong in CFS to show therapeutic benefits. (Annals of Behavioral Medicine, June 27, 2012)

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