People who practice qigong report improved health-related quality of life compared with non-practitioners, according to a study from Taiwan. A total of 165 individuals practicing a qigong form called Wai Tan Kung were compared with 660 age and gender matched non-practitioner individuals for comparison. The qigong group scored higher on eight out of ten SF-36 Health Survey components compared with sedentary individuals, and five out of ten SF-36 measures compared with individuals practicing other forms of exercise. (Effect of Qigong on quality of life: a cross-sectional population-based comparison study in Taiwan. BMC Public Health. 2011 Jul 9;11:546).

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