Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.08.001
Title: Biochemical and psychometric evaluation of Self-Healing Qigong as a stress reduction tool among first year nursing and midwifery students
Authors: Chan, E.S.
Koh, D. 
Teo, Y.C.
Hj Tamin, R.
Lim, A.
Fredericks, S.
Keywords: Anxiety
Cortisol
Depression
Qigong
Stress
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Source: Chan, E.S., Koh, D., Teo, Y.C., Hj Tamin, R., Lim, A., Fredericks, S. (2013-11). Biochemical and psychometric evaluation of Self-Healing Qigong as a stress reduction tool among first year nursing and midwifery students. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 19 (4) : 179-183. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.08.001
Abstract: Background: Qigong, a traditional Chinese exercise, has a potential role in the management of stress. Objective: To examine the influence of Qigong training on depression, anxiety and stress. Design: A randomised control trial among first year student participants. Methods: Qigong was practised twice a week by the study group ( n=18) while a control group ( n=16) had no intervention. The Depression, Anxiety and Stress (DASS-21) and Patient Health Questionnaires (PHQ) were administered. Salivary biomarkers were also measured over a 10-week period. Results: After 10 weeks, only the Qigong group showed a statistically significant improvement in their depression, anxiety and stress scores. Similarly, increases in secretion rates of salivary immunoglobulin-A, and decreases in salivary cortisol concentrations were seen only in the Qigong group. Conclusions: The practice of Qigong improves psychological states and mucosal immunity; as indicated by psychometric tests and biochemical markers of stress. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/108879
ISSN: 17443881
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.08.001
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