Self Smart: Mental Health

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Qigong is an ancient energy healing method used in Chinese medicine that has its origins before written language. It may be one of the oldest healing practices known to mankind. Most published studies are in Chinese language journals and have examined the effectiveness of regular qigong practice on general indicators of physical or emotional health. Individuals can engage in a regular qigong practice or receive “emission qigong” treatments for a particular medical or psychological problem from a skilled qigong master.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies on qigong “exercise” for stress and anxiety in adults identified seven sham-controlled randomized trials that met the inclusion criteria. Four trials reported positive findings of qigong for generalized anxiety and three studies reported beneficial effects on stress. The significance of findings was limited by methodological flaws and small study size. A systematic review and meta-analysis of 15 studies on qigong for anxiety, depressed and psychological well-being found no conclusive evidence for qigong as a treatment of a specific mental health condition. However, the authors stated that findings support that regular qigong practice may have positive effects on general psychological well-being in patients with chronic illnesses. Large studies that include a sham qigong arm are needed to confirm beneficial psychological effects of qigong and rule out significant placebo effects. 



  • Sham: A thing that is not what it is purported to be.
  • Treatment: The manner in which someone behaves toward or deals with someone or something.
  • Engage: Occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention).
  • Effectiveness: The degree to which something


If your mind wanders and is full with anxiety, try to concentrate in something else. Take a break a focus in your breathing. Breath deep and exhale.


  • How often do you analyze how you feel and why you feel it ?

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Joel A. Franco Zamudio from Polanco Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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