Qi gong
Qi gong is a type of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that is thought to be at least 4,000 years old. There are two main types of Qi gong pra...

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Evidence

DISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

High blood pressure: There is good evidence from several human studies that Qi gong, when used with conventional treatments, may be of benefit for high blood pressure. Initial research reports fewer deaths among people with high blood pressure who practice Qi gong. There is some evidence that internal Qi gong relaxation exercises may be safe for helping to control high blood pressure associated with pregnancy. Further research is warranted.
Grade: B

Angina: There is some evidence suggesting that Qi gong may be used in the treatment of angina. However, further evidence is needed before a recommendation can be made.
Grade: C

Asthma: Some research suggests that the regular practice of internal Qi gong over several months may improve breathing in asthma. Further research is needed to confirm these results.
Grade: C

Atherosclerosis: There is some evidence supporting the use of external Qi gong as an adjunct therapy for arteriosclerotic obstruction. However, the available evidence is unclear. More studies would lead to a better understanding of this technique.
Grade: C

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): There is promising early evidence to support the use of internal Qi gong in the treatment of ADHD in children. However, the evidence is somewhat unclear. Further research is needed before Qi gong can be recommended as a treatment for ADHD.
Grade: C

Childhood growth promotion: Children are capable of receiving instruction in internal Qi gong as a health promotion activity and it may have some behavioral benefits. However, it is still unclear whether Qi gong can promote physical growth in children. More research is needed.
Grade: C

Chronic pain: There is some evidence that internal Qi gong or externally applied Qi gong may be useful in the management of pain and anxiety caused by pain. More evidence is needed in this area before a scientifically based conclusion can be drawn.
Grade: C

Complex regional pain syndrome: There is some evidence that patients with complex regional pain syndrome might benefit from Qi gong instruction. However, more research is needed before Qi gong is recommended as a therapy for complex regional pain syndrome.
Grade: C

Depression: Qi gong has been studied in elderly patients to see if it helped depression in those with chronic physical illnesses. Results were inconclusive, and further research is needed before a recommendation can be made. Qi gong may be used as an adjunct to more proven therapies.
Grade: C

Detoxification (heroin): A recent study looked at the effectiveness of Qi gong therapy vs. medical and non-medical treatment in the detoxification of heroin addicts. Results showed that Qi gong may be beneficial in heroin detoxification without side effects, although the possibility of the placebo effect cannot be completely eliminated. Other treatments have been better studied for heroin detoxification and are recommended at this time. Qi gong may be used as an adjunct therapy.
Grade: C

Diabetes: There is some evidence that patients with diabetes may benefit from Qi gong. However, more research is needed to suggest Qi gong in the treatment of diabetes.
Grade: C

Fibromyalgia: There is mixed evidence regarding the usefulness of Qi gong in treating fibromyalgia. More research is needed before a conclusion can be made.
Grade: C

Gastritis: There is some evidence supporting the use of internal Qi gong in the treatment of gastritis. Further research is needed.
Grade: C

Immune function: There is some evidence suggesting that internal Qi gong may help in treating immune deficiencies. However, the evidence is still unclear, and further research is needed to understand how Qi gong may potentially benefit immune function.
Grade: C

Leukopenia (low white blood cell count): Some early evidence suggests that Chan-Chuang Qi gong therapy may decrease leukopenia in breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy. Further study is warranted in this area.
Grade: C

Muscular dystrophy: There is some early evidence suggesting that internal Qi gong practice may help slow the decline of health in muscular dystrophy patients. More research is needed to understand the potential benefits of Qi gong in treating muscular dystrophy.
Grade: C

Parkinson's disease: There is promising early evidence suggesting that internal Qi gong may help in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. However, the evidence is somewhat unclear, and further research is needed.
Grade: C

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS): Regular Qi gong therapy may help to reduce PMS symptoms. However, further evidence is needed before Qi gong is recommended in the treatment of PMS.
Grade: C

Quality of life: Qi gong may be beneficial for improving the quality of life in cardiac and cancer patients; further study is necessary to make a firm conclusion.
Grade: C

Rehabilitation (cardiac): Some evidence suggests that Qi gong may aid in cardiac rehabilitation by improving physical activity, balance, and coordination. Further research is needed to confirm these findings.
Grade: C

Stress: Preliminary study shows that Qi gong may be beneficial for relieving stress although more study is warranted in this area.
Grade: C

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