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J Altern Complement Med. 2004 Aug;10(4):675-80.

Impact of qigong exercise on self-efficacy and other cognitive perceptual variables in patients with essential hypertension.

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Mokpo Catholic University, Mokpo, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of practicing qigong on middle-age subjects with essential hypertension. Impacts on blood pressure, reported self-efficacy, perceived benefit, and emotion were observed.

DESIGN:

Thirty-six (36) adult volunteers were assigned to either a waiting list control or a qigong group that practiced two 30-minute qigong programs per week over 8 consecutive weeks.

RESULTS:

Systolic and diastolic blood pressure was significantly reduced in members of the qigong group after 8 weeks of exercise. Significant improvements in self-efficacy and other cognitive perceptual efficacy variables were also documented in the qigong group compared to the original situation described above.

CONCLUSIONS:

This pilot study demonstrates the positive effects of practicing qigong on controlling blood pressure and enhancing perceptions of self-efficacy.

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15353025
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