Studies have shown the benefits of Qigong’s effectiveness in reducing high blood pressure. One such study was conducted over a 30 year time span.
It shows that people who use this technique have a 50% less chance of dying from stroke. It also showed that it acts to stabilize blood pressure, while conditions worsen in those not engaging in the exercise. The need for treatment with drugs for this condition also decreased and in some cases was entirely eliminated.
Some researchers decided to determine whether or not Qigong was useful as a therapy tool. These researchers understood that exercise had been recognized to benefit overall health. They knew that it helped with well-being of the mind, social environment, created a healthier heart, and it also raised endorphin levels. However, these had never been applied to the slow movements of Qigong.
They found that Qigong helped to regulate the mind, body and breathing which makes it a good alternative therapy for anxiety sufferers to improve quality of life.
Another study shows that fibromyalgia sufferers are helped with Qigong. Since this is a frustrating and mysterious disorder, this news is encouraging. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease that is often treated similarly to arthritis. It can appear in the neck, shoulders, spine and hips with other nagging symptoms.
In a 7 week study recently conducted with 30 patients, researchers noticed significant improvement in levels of pain and mental status. As a result, four months later patients continued to enjoy the benefits.
Exercise therapy as well as Qigong was part of a recent study in which patients had lived a long time with neck pain. This is the kind of pain that lingers without a discernable cause, and treatments are hard to find that will give relief. Even though it had not been tried before, researchers decided to see if Qigong would help.
There were 122 patients in this study with an average age of 44. They experienced either three month study with follow-ups for a year. What the researchers discovered was that both Qigong and exercise therapy gave relief that lasted for 12 months.
These studies prove that Qigong is an effective alternative to other traditional methods of dealing with pain, high blood pressure and anxiety.