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Internal Qigong for Pain Conditions: A Systematic Review
The objective of this systematic review was to assess the evidence for the effectiveness of internal qigong as a treatment option for pain conditions. Nineteen databases were searched through to February 2009. Controlled clinical trials testing internal qigong in patients with pain of any origin assessing clinical outcome measures were considered. Trials using any type of internal qigong and control intervention were included. The selection of studies, data extraction, and validation were performed independently by 2 reviewers. Four randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and 3 controlled clinical trials met all inclusion criteria. One RCT suggested no significant difference for low back pain compared with electromyographic biofeedback. Two RCTs failed to show effects of internal qigong in neck pain compared with exercise therapy and waiting list control. One RCT suggested that qigong is inferior to aerobic exercise in patients with fibromyalgia. There are few RCTs testing the effectiveness of internal qigong in the management of pain conditions. Collectively, the existing trial evidence is not convincing enough to suggest that internal qigong is an effective modality for pain management. PERSPECTIVE: This review of controlled clinical trials focused on the effects of internal qigong, a self-directed energy healing intervention involving movement and meditation. Collectively, the existing trial evidence is not convincing enough to suggest that internal qigong is an effective modality for pain management. Future studies should be of high quality with particular emphasis on designing an adequate control intervention.
J Pain. 2009 Jun 24. Lee MS, Pittler MH, Ernst E. Division of Standard Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea; Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Exeter, United Kingdom.
Migraine headaches can be caused by wide variety of events and situations. Some are environmental. Others may be related to a person's lifestyle or their behavior. Their ability to get sufficient sleep, eat proper diets, and to manage their thinking patterns are all areas that may be affected by the proper application of hypnosis.
As with all health concerns migraine headaches involves patterns. As all hypnotherapists know, patterns – and especially pattern resistance to change – can be positively affected by hypnosis. By their very nature all hypnotic inductions have this feature.
A few years ago the movie The Secret popularized the concept of the Law of Attraction. Pretty much it was saying that if what you hold in your mind will naturally be attracted by some mystical forces. Is this truth or fiction?
Once I pondered that question I tried to find some great work of art, architecture, science, athletics, or business that was achieved without intention or vision. Of course, hard work, practice, and effort were normally part of the equation. However, I could not find one single example of any achievement that did not start with a spark of an...
Fears and anxieties occur predominantly because the brain has either trigger an unresolved problem solving process due to overactive simulation and anticipation or as the result of a reaction triggered within the hypocampus. In the first situation, the brain should stop the process as soon as the brain’s pattern matching capability or creativity has found a solution. When this happens, the basil ganglia releases a small amount of dopamine, which effectively acts as an off switch. If this sequence does not work, a person may suffer from a wide range of mental health concerns such as phobias,...