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Ann Behav Med. 2012 Oct;44(2):160-70. doi: 10.1007/s12160-012-9381-6.

A randomized controlled trial of qigong exercise on fatigue symptoms, functioning, and telomerase activity in persons with chronic fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong, China. tinho@hku.hk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Chronic fatigue is common in the general population. Complementary therapies are often used by patients with chronic fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome to manage their symptoms.

PURPOSE:

This study aimed to assess the effect of a 4-month qigong intervention program among patients with chronic fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome.

METHODS:

Sixty-four participants were randomly assigned to either an intervention group or a wait list control group. Outcome measures included fatigue symptoms, physical functioning, mental functioning, and telomerase activity.

RESULTS:

Fatigue symptoms and mental functioning were significantly improved in the qigong group compared to controls. Telomerase activity increased in the qigong group from 0.102 to 0.178 arbitrary units (p < 0.05). The change was statistically significant when compared to the control group (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Qigong exercise may be used as an alternative and complementary therapy or rehabilitative program for chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome.

PMID:
22736201
PMCID:
PMC3442161
DOI:
10.1007/s12160-012-9381-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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