Qigong reduces stress in computer operators

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2007 May;13(2):78-84. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2006.09.003. Epub 2006 Nov 28.


Chinese research indicates that the Qigong method reduces psychosomatic and physical symptoms through an effect on the sympathetic nervous system.

Objectives: The aim was to investigate the effects of Qigong on stress among computer operators.

Design: Ten women were included in a Qigong group and an equal number in a control group. Heart rate, blood pressure, and finger temperature were measured at the beginning and at the end of the working day during 5 weeks. twenty four-hours urine samples were collected in the first and last weeks to measure catecholamine excretion in urine. Participants kept a daily record of psychological measures of strain and weekly measures of stress levels.

Results and conclusions: Qigong reduced noradrenaline excretion in urine (p<0.05), and influenced the heart rate and temperature, indicating reduced activity of the sympathetic nervous system. Moreover, Qigong reduced low-back symptoms (p<0.05). In conclusion, Qigong exercise may reduce stress at computerised work.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Anxiety / prevention & control*
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Temperature
  • Breathing Exercises*
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Catecholamines / urine
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Catecholamines