What is Qigong?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications

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Qigong refers to practices that involve methods of working with Qi or energy within the body. It can help practitioners learn diaphragmatic breathing, a component of the relaxation response. Qigong is often associated with spirituality and is also seen as socially conducive when done with others.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 14 7
Parkinson's Disease 5 2
Pain 4 1
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 2 0
Promote relaxation 2 0
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Qigong

Side effect Patients
Looking healthy 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Qigong

Dosage Patients
10 min daily 1
10 min twice daily 1
30 min daily 1
1hours as needed 1
20minutes as needed 1
45minutes as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Qigong

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 4
Expense 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently using Qigong

Duration Patients
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 4

Stopped using Qigong

Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
1-3 months 1
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 4
Not specified 1
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1 patient evaluation for Qigong

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jaws-als
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Apr 1, 2012 (Started Mar 09, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Apr 11, 2011 (Started Mar 09, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I feel great when I practice Qigong. However, it is a time burden.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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