Eight Pieces of Brocade, with Master Zhong XueChao. Ba Duan Jin, or Eight Treasures, is one of the four oldest and most famous Qigong Methods in China, dating. Ba Duan Jin or Eight Section Silk Brocade by The Chinese Health Qigong Association. Our Founder.


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Introduction Baduanjin also called Eight-Section Brocades is one of the forms of traditional Chinese Qigong exercises which has a history of more than years.

It is characterized by interplay between symmetrical physical postures and movements, mind, ba duan jin qigong breathing exercise in a harmonious manner. Baduanjin Qigong is comparatively easy to learn with less physical and cognitive demands because it only contains eight simple movements created based on the traditional Chinese medicine theory [ 12 ].

Its primary focus is on the release of internal body energy with the intent of producing diverse health benefits ba duan jin qigong 34 ].

ba duan jin qigong Internal techniques of Chinese martial arts, including different forms of Qigong e. As the number of Baduanjin Qigong practitioners has grown in different parts of the globe, it has the number of scientific studies on the health benefits resulting from practicing Baduanjin Qigong.

These studies have ba duan jin qigong the effects of Baduanjin Qigong on different aspects of health, including mental health [ 7 — 9 ], cardiovascular parameters [ 1011 ], quality of life ba duan jin qigong 9 — 11 ], sleep quality [ 11 — 14 ], osteoarthritis [ 215 ], cardiorespiratory fitness [ 1617 ], physical performance [ 911 ], balance [ 18 ], and flexibility [ 19 ].

While evidence arising from these studies indicates that Baduanjin Qigong is beneficial for health, only a few systematic studies have been conducted to summarize the results from these studies.


ba duan jin qigong Considering the substantial number of studies produced over the last decade on the health benefits of practicing Baduanjin Qigong, it is valuable for the research community to have access to a comprehensive review and summary of study results.

The previous reviews on the topics were mainly focused on the effectiveness of Baduanjin Qigong on physiological responses e. However, a comprehensive review has not been conducted to specifically evaluate the effectiveness of Baduanjin Qigong on other health-related outcomes e.

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In addition, meta-analysis as the highest level of evidence on the evidence hierarchy is more convincible because researchers can utilize randomized controlled trials to develop a more correct estimate of Baduanjin Qigong effect magnitude [ 23 ].

Therefore, ba duan jin qigong conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies, to determine whether practicing Baduanjin Qigong is beneficial for different health outcomes.


Baduanjin Qigong, quality of life, sleep quality, blood pressure systolic and diastolicheart rate, and components of physical health e. A follow-up from reference lists of relevant articles identified was also performed.

A review author HRW was responsible for contacting with Chinese Qigong experts in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of Baduanjin Qigong.

The bibliographies of included studies for additional ba duan jin qigong were manually identified. Eligibility Criteria The studies were included if they met the following criteria: The studies were excluded if 1 a combination of Baduanjin Qigong and other exercises as a primary intervention was used; 2 with respect to the quality of life and sleep quality, the sum scores were not reported; ba duan jin qigong full-text articles did not report the detailed information needed for meta-analysis e.

The PEDro scale is comprised of the following elements: If a criterion was satisfied, a point one is awarded for the study and vice versa zero.

For each study included, a PEDro sum score ranging from 1 to 10 could be obtained without taking into account the eligibility criteria, with higher scores indicating better methodological quality.

Separate Heaven and Earth This resembles a version of the first piece with the hands pressing ba duan jin qigong opposite directions, one up and one down. A smooth motion in which the hands switch positions is the main ba duan jin qigong, and it is said to especially stimulate the stomach.

Wise Owl Gazes Backwards or Look Back This is a stretch of the neck to the left and the right in an alternating fashion. Sway the Head and Shake the Tail This is said to regulate the function of the heart and lungs.

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Its primary aim is to remove excess heat or fire xin huo from the heart. Xin huo is also associated with heart fire in traditional Chinese medicine.

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In performing this piece, the practitioner squats in ba duan jin qigong low horse stance, places the hands on thighs with the elbows facing out and twists to glance backwards on each side.

Two Hands Hold the Feet to Strengthen the Kidneys and Waist This involves a stretch upwards followed by a forward bend and a holding of ba duan jin qigong toes. Clench the Fists and Glare Fiercely or Angrily This resembles the second piece, and is largely a punching movement either to the sides or forward while in horse stance.

This, which is the most external of the pieces, is aimed at increasing general vitality and muscular strength.