Health Benefits of Qigong
According to a September 23, 2020 article from the Cleveland Clinic, "Integrative medicine specialist Yufang Lin, MD says many smaller studies have shown that qigong offers a variety of benefits. However, more large, controlled studies are needed to prove that qigong can treat or even prevent health problems. Still, Dr. Lin says, qigong’s potential benefits make it well worth the effort. It’s generally safe and easy for nearly anyone to try. Here’s what the research says about qigong:
Reduces depression and relieves stress
One study found that qigong could reduce symptoms of depression. In this study, those who practiced qigong also experienced less anxiety and better moods as compared to those who didn’t. Qigong was also shown to have positive effects on bone and cardiovascular health and improve balance.
Lessens chronic fatigue
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a common disorder that causes extreme tiredness. There is no known cause, and it doesn’t go away with rest. It can be difficult — or nearly impossible — for someone with chronic fatigue to function in their daily life.
In a study, 64 people with chronic fatigue experienced improvements in their symptoms after four months of practicing qigong. They had better mental functioning and less fatigue than those who didn’t. If you’re tired all the time, and your doctor has ruled out any medical conditions, qigong could help.
Boosts the immune response
Your immune system’s job is to fend off unwanted guests like viruses, bacteria and diseases. That’s an important responsibility. And qigong may give your immune system a little extra help.
A review of several studies found that qigong had a noticeable impact on immune functioning. It increased levels of certain immune cells in people who practiced it regularly.
Improves well-being in people with cancer
Many people who are undergoing cancer treatment need relief from side effects and the stress of treatment. Often, they turn to alternative medicine practices like acupuncture, yoga or massage. Qigong may have a place on this list, too.
Some evidence suggests that using qigong can help patients with cancer fight fatigue and mood disturbances. This boost may be a welcome relief.
Keep in mind that qigong is not an overnight fix. Like any exercise, you need time to master it to get the full benefits."