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Qigong for the Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation of COVID-19

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15th May 2020. FanFengM.D., Ph.D,SylvieTuchmanB.A.,John W.DenningerM.D., Ph.D.,Gregory L.FricchioneM.D., AlbertYeungM.D., Sc.D

Qigong for the Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation of COVID-19 Infection in Older Adults


What is the primary question addressed by this study?
      Can Qigong be used as an intervention to treat respiratory infection, including COVID-19, in the elderly?
What is the main finding of this study?
      Qigong may be beneficial for the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of respiratory infections, including COVID-19. The elderly, in particular, could benefit from Qigong during the pandemic, for it is easy to practice.
What is the meaning of the finding?
    As a mind-body skill, Qigong provides an innovative option for integrative treatment during this outbreak.


The elderly are at high risk of contracting respiratory infectious diseases, including COVID-19 infection. The recent pandemic has the potential to cause significant physical and mental damage in older adults. Similarly to other mind-body exercises in Traditional Chinese medicine, Qigong features regulation of breath rhythm and pattern, body movement and posture, and meditation. Given these traits, Qigong has the potential to play a role in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of respiratory infections, such as COVID-19. Potential mechanisms of action include stress reduction, emotion regulation, strengthening of respiratory muscles, reduction of inflammation, and enhanced immune function. Three forms of Qigong; abdominal breathing, Ba Duan Jin and Liu Zi Jue, all of which are gentle, smooth, and simple for the elderly to practice, are recommended in this context.

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Why Chinese exercises...are so good for patients’ all-round health

South China Morning Post: Jeanette Wang 11 Mar, 2016 6:33pm

Why Chinese exercises such as tai chi are so good for patients’ all-round health

Practising tai chi, qigong and other such exercises lowers blood pressure, bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and reduces depression, in stroke patients and people with heart disease and high blood pressure

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Lifestyle Medicine in the UK: Going Mainstream?

Water for a Health blog, April 9, 2018

Tai Chi and Qigong is often described as “Lifestyle Medicine”. It is rapidly becoming part of a trend promoting health through hydration, nutrition, detoxification and a positive lifestyle.

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Building strength through tai chi

The Seattle Times, Oct 2018. By JANE E. BRODY, The New York Times

Watching a group of people doing tai chi, an exercise often called “meditation in motion,” it may be hard to imagine that its slow, gentle, choreographed movements could actually make people stronger. Not only stronger mentally but stronger physically and healthier as well.

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