Effects of Qi-therapy on premenstrual syndrome

Author: Jang Hye-Sook 1//Lee MS 2//Kim Myung-Ja 3//Chong ES 4
Department of Nursing Wonkwang Health Science College Iksan, Korea [1]//Professional Graduate School of Oriental Medicine and Center for Integrative Medicine Institute of Medical Science Wonkwang University Iksan, Korea [2]//College of Nursing Catholic University Seoul, Korea [3]//Department of Nursing and Health Science George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia, USA [4]
Conference/Journal: Intern. J. Neuroscience
Date published: 2004
Other: Volume ID: 114 , Pages: 909-921 , Word Count: 109

This study investigated the effects of Qi-therapy (nine sessions over two menstrual cycles) on pain and other symptoms in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Forty-six women who were attending college were randomly allocated to receive Qi-therapy (Qi-therapy group: n = 23) or placed on a waiting list as controls (n = 22: 1 dropped out). Qitherapy had a significant effect on pain and water retention. In addition, there were significant short-term effects on pain, mental depression, and anxiety. These results suggested that Qi-therapy might be useful as a nursing intervention for women who suffer from PMS to maintain or restore a balance of Qi. Keywords anxiety, depression, external Qi, pain, premenstrual syndrome, Qigong, Qi-therapy