The beneficial effects of Qigong on elderly depression. - GreenMedInfo Summary
The beneficial effects of Qigong on elderly depression.
Int Rev Neurobiol. 2019 ;147:155-188. Epub 2019 Jun 26. PMID: 31607353
Sunny H W Chan
Health Qigong, especially the Eight-Section Brocades (or Baduanjin), has been well established as an effective adjunct intervention to alleviate depressive symptoms of older adults. The easy to learn and safe format of health Qigong allows the promotion and employment by health care professionals to improve the physical and psychosocial wellness of older adults. The cultural relevance of Qigong practice enhances its popularity as a health maintenance practice in Chinese community. In general, the antidepressive effects of Qigong are put forward through psychosocial, physiological, and neurobiological mechanisms. More specific, the beneficial effects of Qigong can be further substantiated by findings of several research studies.