Biochemical and psychometric evaluation of Self-Healing Qigong as a stress reduction tool among first year nursing and midwifery students.

Author: Chan ES, Koh D, Teo YC, Hj Tamin R, Lim A, Fredericks S.
Affiliation: PAPRSB Institute of Health Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong BE1410, Brunei Darussalam. Electronic address:
Conference/Journal: Complement Ther Clin Pract.
Date published: 2013 Nov
Other: Volume ID: 19 , Issue ID: 4 , Pages: 179-83 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.08.001 , Word Count: 154

Qigong, a traditional Chinese exercise, has a potential role in the management of stress.
To examine the influence of Qigong training on depression, anxiety and stress.
A randomised control trial among first year student participants.
Qigong was practised twice a week by the study group (n = 18) while a control group (n = 16) had no intervention. The Depression, Anxiety and Stress (DASS-21) and Patient Health Questionnaires (PHQ) were administered. Salivary biomarkers were also measured over a 10-week period.
After 10 weeks, only the Qigong group showed a statistically significant improvement in their depression, anxiety and stress scores. Similarly, increases in secretion rates of salivary immunoglobulin-A, and decreases in salivary cortisol concentrations were seen only in the Qigong group.
The practice of Qigong improves psychological states and mucosal immunity; as indicated by psychometric tests and biochemical markers of stress.
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Anxiety, Cortisol, Depression, Qigong, Stress

PMID: 24199969