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qigong may relieve chronic fatigue

Qigong may relieve chronic fatigue

A new study suggests that practicing a traditional Chinese form of meditation called Qigong may have a positive affect on crashing fatigue symptoms.


Craske et al conducted a study published in the Oxford Journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine on eighteen women who report chronic fatigue symptoms to measure the effects of regular Qigong practice on their condition.

Qigong involves slow, carefully controlled physical movements, breathing exercises and meditation. In traditional Chinese medicine, qi refers to the body's energy, and crashing fatigue is thus indicative of diminished or unbalanced qi, which can be corrected through Qigong.

The study tested the veracity of this claim by asking eighteen women suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and ranging in age from 25 to 55 to practice a Qigong routine for 15 minutes daily. During the process, the volunteers kept a sleep diary and completed medical questionnaires in order to gauge the effects of the exercise.

The questionnaires revealed positive results for the participants, showing improvement especially in the areas of sleep, vitality and psychological well-being. Qigong specifically improved crashing fatigue symptoms including sleep disturbances, limited mobility and pain after three months of practice. The researchers concluded that Qigong most likely had this effect because the exercise and deep breathing may improve and increase oxygen-flow in the bloodstream, thus possibly increasing energy and relieving pain. Qigong may also increase pain-relieving substances such as endorphins in the bloodstream and helps to increase muscle strength. According to the researchers, all of these effects can aid in relieving sleep disturbances and alleviating fatigue.

This is potentially exciting news especially for menopausal women suffering from debilitating fatigue. Women going through the menopause transition are more likely than others to report severe or crashing fatigue due to hormonal imbalances and persistent sleep disturbances (night sweats, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea). The 2007 Sleep in America poll, conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, shows that over half of American women between 55 and 64 years of age report insufficient or disturbed sleep more than once a week.
over half of American women between 55 and 64 years old report disturbed sleep
Conclusions:

Because crashing fatigue can be severely debilitating, the implications of this study, which points to a potential time and cost-effective solution, are very positive.

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