Know the Evidence: QIGONG and MOOD, SENSE of WELL-BEING, and MENTAL HEALTH

There is a relatively large body of evidence suggesting the potential benefits of Qigong
practice with regard to enhancing sense of well being, mediating depression and
complementary treatment of addictions and mental disorders.
In a large systematic review including 21 studies, Jiang et al concluded that many positive
effects of Tai Chi practice on mood and anxiety were found in different clinical trials.
Despite this evidence, they advised that clinicians should be aware of the limitations due to
incomplete understanding of Tai Chi as an intervention. Better evidence and stronger
clinical trial designs are needed to further investigate Tai Chi’s role in improving mental
health.
Jiang D, Kong W, Jiang JJ. The Role of Tai Chi in Mental Health Management-Lessons
Learned from Clinical Trials. Rev Recent Clin Trials. 2016;11(4):324-332.
Source: KNOW THE EVIDENCE 2017: A report of the NQA Research and Education Committee Jun 30, 2017
 Major contributors: PJ Klein, PT, EdD (contact: kleinqpj@roadrunner.com), J Baumgarden, DPT
Kathy Levac RN MS is the chair of the NQA Research and Education Committee
This edition of the ‘Know the Evidence’ resource exists as a chapter authored by PJ Klein, PT,
EdD and J. Baumgarden, DPT in the text ‘Heal Yourself with Qigong’ by Master George Picard,
Village of Healing and Wellness, St Catharines, ONT, Canada, and is reprinted with their
permission. Picard G. Heal Yourself with Qigong 2nd ed. Spiral Graphics:Canada. 2017.