The beneficial effects of Qigong on elderly depression

Sunny H.W. Chan, Hector W.H. Tsang

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21 Citations (Scopus)


Health Qigong, especially the Eight-Section Brocades (or Baduanjin), has been well established as an effective adjunct intervention to alleviate depressive symptoms of older adults. The easy to learn and safe format of health Qigong allows the promotion and employment by health care professionals to improve the physical and psychosocial wellness of older adults. The cultural relevance of Qigong practice enhances its popularity as a health maintenance practice in Chinese community. In general, the antidepressive effects of Qigong are put forward through psychosocial, physiological, and neurobiological mechanisms. More specific, the beneficial effects of Qigong can be further substantiated by findings of several research studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Review of Neurobiology
EditorsSuk-Yu Yau, Kwok-Fai So
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9780128169674
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Review of Neurobiology
ISSN (Print)0074-7742
ISSN (Electronic)2162-5514


  • Beneficial effects
  • Depression
  • Mechanism
  • Qigong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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