Population studies are currently assessing the role of Qigong practice in stroke prevention.
In a large systematic review out of China, a panel of researchers reviewed 36 studies with a
total of 2393 participants and concluded that Tai chi chuan exercise was associated with
lowering of risk factors for stroke. They further concluded that, while promising, the
evidence was somewhat lacking in rigor.
Zheng G, Huang M, Liu F, Li S, Tao J, Chen L. (2015) Tai Chi Chuan for the Primary
Prevention of Stroke in Middle-Aged and Elderly Adults: A Systematic Review. Evidence-
based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM. 2015;2015:742152.
Source: KNOW THE EVIDENCE 2017: A report of the NQA Research and Education Committee Jun 30, 2017
Major contributors: PJ Klein, PT, EdD (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.