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2020 Oct

J Bodyw Mov Ther



Problems of scientific methodology related to placebo control in Qigong studies: A systematic review.


Gonçalves M, Matos L C, Duarte L, Machado J, Greten H J, Franconi G
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2020 Oct; 24(4):261-270.
PMID: 33218521.


Qigong is widespread in the West and used for preventive care, stress-induced conditions, emotional and vegetative symptoms like migraine and hypertension, as well as for better coordination in the elderly and quality of life enhancement in severe disease such as cancer. Adequate controls for Qigong research are lacking, compromising the level of efficacy evidence. Adequate Qigong placebo control exercises should match clear and standardized criteria.