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Chin J Integr Med. 2010 Feb;16(1):80-6. doi: 10.1007/s11655-009-9002-2. Epub 2009 Sep 15.

Yoga and qigong in the psychological prevention of mental health disorders: a conceptual synthesis.

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School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, NR4 7TJ, Norwich, Norfolk, UK.


The study proposes to explore two alternative medicine therapies-qigong and yoga for balancing the essential duo of holistic mind-body and consequently offer a solution for stress, uncertainty, anxiety and depression. Qualitative research methods have been used to create a conceptual synthesis of yoga and qigong. It is suggested that an increased sense of control is the interface between these two modalities. This conceptual congruence of qigong and yoga is thought to be a selective, curative method, a prescription for ideal living and a ground of human essence existence. Furthermore, this essence is thought to enhance the mind's self-regulatory processes and prevent mental health disorders. The two alternative therapies can prevent mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and, minimize mental health disruptions such as stress and poor quality of life. It is suggested that patients and/or clients can benefit from this fusion.

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