12-week Baduanjin Qigong Improves Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis
August 26, 2019 - Therapeutic exercises are considered effective treatments for ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. A new Chinese study, published by Complementary therapies in clinical practice, aimed to evaluate efficacy and safety of Baduanjin Qigong for treatment of AS in a pilot random clinical trial setting.
A total of 60 patients were randomly assigned, at a 1:1 ratio, to receive a 12-week Baduanjin Qigong training (exercise group) or maintain their current lifestyle (no-treatment group). As primary outcomes, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) and other AS symptoms were assessed at baseline and end of treatment period.
A total of 46 patients completed the study. At the end of treatment period, although total BASDAI scores were not statistically different, reduced scores were observed in the exercise group, compared to no-treatment group, with respect to fatigue, intensity and duration of morning stiffness; exercise group also exhibited higher patient global assessment scores.
The results show that Baduanjin Qigong exercise appeared to improve AS symptoms.