What can we learn from the Baduanjin rehabilitation as COVID-19 treatment?: A narrative review

Author: Zhenggang Zhu1, Xiaoyan Pan2, Faping Zhong3, Jun Tian4, Marilyn Li Yin Ong1,5
1 Exercise and Sports Science Programme, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia.
2 School of Nursing, Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, Changsha, Hunan, China.
3 Department of Respiratory Medicine, The First Hospital Changde City of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Changde, Hunan, China.
4 Department of Geriatric Medicine, Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China.
5 School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK.
Conference/Journal: Nurs Open
Date published: 2022 Dec 27
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1002/nop2.1572. , Word Count: 121

To understand Baduanjin rehabilitation therapy in mild COVID-19 patients.

A narrative review.

A literature search for COVID-19 and Baduanjin treatments was conducted on Chinese and English electronic databases: China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Data, Embase, PubMed, Scopus, Science Direct, Ebscohost, SPORTDiscus and ProQuest.

Twelve studies on the Baduanjin rehabilitation for COVID-19 patients have been included. We acknowledged the considerable published research and current clinical practice using Baduanjin for COVID-19 treatment in the following areas: anxiety, depression, insomnia, lung function rehabilitation, immunity and activity endurance.

The use of Baduanjin as adjuvant therapy for COVID-19 patients' rehabilitation is still limited, therefore, more clinical studies are needed to confirm its efficacy.

Keywords: Baduanjin; COVID-19; exercise; rehabilitation.

PMID: 36575646 DOI: 10.1002/nop2.1572