Baduanjin -- an ancient Chinese exercise

Am J Chin Med. 1982;10(1-4):14-21. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X8200004X.


Baduanjin (Eight-Treasured Exercises) is one of the many health-promoting ancient Chinese exercises that can easily be learnt without a teacher. Its therapeutic value is unproven, however, it is claimed to be valuable for indigestion, constipation, asthma, osteoarthritis, obesity and neurasthenia. Although the exercise may be practiced by following the pictures and instructions, success really depends on concentration, relaxation and daily practice.

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / therapy
  • Asthma / therapy
  • Constipation / therapy
  • Dyspepsia / therapy
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
  • Medicine, East Asian Traditional*
  • Obesity / therapy