Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the evidence.

First, the details.

  • 10 systematic reviews were included.
  • They related to a wide range of conditions.

And, the results.

  • The primary studies and several of the reviews were associated with a high risk of bias.
  • 5 reviews concluded that qigong is effective and 5 reviews were inconclusive.

The bottom line?


The authors concluded, “The effectiveness of qigong is based mostly on poor quality research. Therefore, it would be unwise to draw firm conclusions at this stage.”

3/13/11 22:27 JR

Hi, I’m JR

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