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KMID : 1129720090260040077
Korean Journal ofAcupuncture
2009 Volume.26 No. 4 p.77 ~ p.88
Development of disease-specific qigong program for Parkinson’s disease
Lee Hwa-Jin

Lee Hye-Jung
Yin Chang-Shik
Chae Youn-Byoung
Baik You-Sang
Shin Yong-Cheol
Lee Sang-Jae
Park Hi-Joon
Abstract
Background : Qigong is an exercise therapy based on the principles of Traditional East Asian Medicine. The exercises combine the practice of motion and breathing, both guided by mental imagery. Beneficial effects of qigong have been reported on a variety of complaints in chronically ill patients and on gait imbalance in the elderly. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects neurophysiological function, movement abilities, and quality of life.

Objectives : We developed a qigong program based on the Traditional East Asian medical theory regarding the improvement of clinical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Methods and Results : Our qigong program consists of three parts. The first one includes movements which stimulate the meridians that run from the toes to the top of the head. The second one is composed of breathing and qigong movements that create harmony and balance with the circulation of Qi and blood on the Meridians. The third is a stage of finger pressure therapy and massage from Daoyin medical qigong to maintain meridian stability.

Conclusions : These qigong program would help relieve the clinical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients.
KEYWORD
Parkinson’s disease, qigong, meridian, breathing
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