Kiko exercises to prevent migraine headache

Researchers from the State University of New York, at Binghamton studied the response to kiko (video here), to prevent headaches.

Here are the results of the first study of this Japanese practice of qigong that uses repetitive coordinated breathing and movement.

The objective was to determine whether 3 months of kiko training would reduce the severity and/or frequency of migraine and/or Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) score, which is associated with headache frequency, pain intensity, headache symptoms, gender, and employment status.

First, the details.

  • 13 people were taught kiko exercises in 3 monthly sessions.
  • Participants practiced at home and had the opportunity to use a kiko DVD.
  • The participants were instructed by Washin-Ryu style martial arts Master, Hidy Ochiai.
  • Participants completed monthly diaries that recorded the frequency and severity of their migraines, and the frequency and duration of their home kiko practice.
  • 6 of the original 13 volunteers completed the study.

And, the results.

  • Those who completed the study had measurable improvement in their migraines.
  • All participants reported a positive experience in learning the technique, and no reported adverse effects.

The bottom line?
The results of this study must be confirmed in a larger study that includes a placebo group for comparison.

However, the results suggest potential benefits of kiko in controlling symptoms and improving the quality of life of patients suffering from migraine.

More on kiko is here.

7/17/09 19:10 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.