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Published Online: 25 July 2012

Qigong Exercise for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Publication: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Volume 18, Issue Number 7

Abstract

Objectives: The study objective was to summarize and critically assess the evidence available from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of qigong exercise for patients with fibromyalgia (FM).
Methods: Thirteen (13) databases were searched up to February 2011. RCTs testing the effects of qigong exercise among patients with FM were included. For each included study, data were extracted and study quality was evaluated using the Jadad Scale.
Results: Four (4) RCTs met the inclusion criteria. One (1) RCT demonstrated beneficial effects of qigong exercise for FM. Two (2) RCTs testing the effectiveness of qigong as a part of a treatment package compared with group education or daily activities failed to show favorable effects of qigong exercise for adult patients with FM. Another RCT comparing qigong with aerobic exercise among children with FM showed effects in favor of aerobic exercise.
Conclusions: Given methodological flaws in the included studies, it is still too early to draw a conclusion about the effectiveness of qigong exercise for FM. Further rigorously designed RCTs are warranted.

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cover image The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Volume 18Issue Number 7July 2012
Pages: 641 - 646
PubMed: 22757663

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Published online: 25 July 2012
Published ahead of print: 3 July 2012
Published in print: July 2012

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Cecilia L. W. Chan
Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Chong-Wen Wang
Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Rainbow T. H. Ho
Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Siu-Man Ng
Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Eric T. C. Ziea
Chinese Medicine Department, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong, China.
Vivian Taam Wong
School of Chinese Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

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Address correspondence to:Chong-Wen Wang, PhDCentre on Behavioral HealthThe University of Hong Kong5 Sassoon RoadPokfulam, Hong KongChina
E-mail: [email protected]

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