Dao Yin (a.k.a. Qigong): Origin, Development, Potential Mechanisms, and Clinical Applications.

Author: Chen X1, Cui J2, Li R1, Norton R3, Park J4, Kong J4, Yeung A3,4
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1Faculty of Physical Education, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China.
2South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, China.
3Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
4Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
Conference/Journal: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.
Date published: 2019 Oct 21
Other: Volume ID: 2019 , Pages: 3705120 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1155/2019/3705120. eCollection 2019. , Word Count: 95


Dao Yin is a form of exercise combining physical movements, mental focus, and breathing originated in ancient China. In this review, we introduce the history in the development and the scope of Dao Yin, the relationship between Dao Yin with Taoist culture and Qigong, and the potential mechanisms of how Dao Yin promotes health and alleviate illnesses. Empirical research studies using Dao Yin for treatment of lumbar spondylosis, peripheral musculoskeletal diseases, cervical spondylosis, heart diseases, central nervous system disorders, immunological dysfunction, and psychological disorders are detailed.

Copyright © 2019 Xiaorong Chen et al.

PMID: 31772593 PMCID: PMC6854271 DOI: 10.1155/2019/3705120

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