German researchers report that qigong training could be a useful adjunctive therapy for patients with tinnitus. Eighty tinnitus patients were randomly assigned to an intervention group, consisting of 10 qigong training sessions over five weeks, or a waiting-list control group. Compared with the control group, qigong participants experienced improvement in tinnitus severity. In a subgroup of patients with somatosensory tinnitus (tinnitus due to muscular overload), the effects of qigong were more pronounced, resulting in a highly significant improvement compared with the waiting-list group. The authors note that patient satisfaction with the intervention, a low drop-out rate and stability of the beneficial effects for at least three months after the intervention further increase the potential of qigong as a treatment for tinnitus. (Qigong for the treatment of tinnitus: a prospective randomized controlled study. J Psychosom Res. 2010 Sep;69(3):299-304).

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