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J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Jun;18(6):567-75. doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0133. Epub 2012 Apr 26.

The effect of Qigong on menopausal symptoms and quality of sleep for perimenopausal women: a preliminary observational study.

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  • 1Department of Business Management, Institute of Health Care Management, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. syehboston@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The study objectives were to examine the effect of a 12-week 30-minute-a-day Ping Shuai Qigong exercise program on climacteric symptoms and sleep quality in perimenopausal women.

DESIGN:

This was a prospective observational study.

SETTINGS/LOCATION:

The subjects (N=70) from two communities were women aged 45 years and above who were experiencing menopausal symptoms.

SUBJECTS:

Thirty-five (35) women from one community were assigned to a Ping Shuai Qigong intervention group, while 35 women from the other community were assigned to the control group.

INTERVENTIONS:

This was a 12-week, 30-minute-a-day Ping Shuai Qigong program.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

The Greene Climacteric Symptom scale and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index were the outcome measures.

METHODS:

Descriptive analysis and repeated-measures analysis of variance were used.

RESULTS:

Pretest scores at baseline found no significant group differences in climacteric symptoms or sleep quality. Significant improvements in climacteric symptoms were found at 6 weeks and 12 weeks (t=4.07, p<0.001 and t=11.83, p<0.001) in the intervention group. They were also found to have significant improvements in sleep quality in those times (t=5.93, p<0.001 and t=10.58, p<0.001, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS:

Ping Shuai Qigong improved climacteric symptoms and sleep quality in perimenopausal women at 6 weeks and 12 weeks. The longer a person practiced this form of meditative exercise, the greater the improvement in sleeping quality and climacteric symptoms.

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