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Systematic Review of Effectiveness of Tai Chi and Qigong on COPD

May 24, 2018 - A new article published by International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease reported a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the effectiveness of meditative movement on COPD patients.

The authors searched PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Center Register of Controlled Trials for relevant studies. The methods of standard meta-analysis were utilized for identifying relevant researches (until August 2017), quality appraisal, and synthesis. The primary outcomes were the 6-minute walking distance (6MWD), lung function, and dyspnea levels.

Sixteen studies involving 1,176 COPD patients were included. When comparing with the control group, the 6MWD was significantly enhanced in the treatment group, as well as functions on forced expiratory volume. Quality of life for the group doing meditative movement was better than the control group based on the Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire dyspnea score and fatigue score and the total score.

Conclusion: Meditative movement may have the potential to enhance lung function and physical activity in COPD patients. More large-scale, well-designed, multicenter, randomized controlled trials should be launched to evaluate the long-range effects of meditative movement.

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