Traditional Chinese exercises may help patients with COPD
Liuzijue qigong (LQG) is a set of meditative movement and breathing patterns practiced by more than 100 million people in China. In a new Journal of the American Geriatrics Societystudy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in remission who were randomized to LQG demonstrated marked improvements in their lung function, general health, mental health, and quality of life after 6 months compared with patients randomized to a control group.
The LQG program consisted of four 45-minute sessions each week and daily walking for 30 minutes. Control participants walked daily for 30 minutes.