TuRo (Qi dance) training attenuates psychosomatic symptoms and sympathetic activation induced by mental stress in healthy women

Y. B. Chae, H. J. Lee, D. H. Hahm, K. E. An, H. J. Park, Hye Jung Lee

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Abstract

Background: Vagal withdrawal and sympathetic overactivity are accompanied by various kind of stress. A large amount of evidence suggests that Qi training reduces the sympathetic hyper-reactivity in a stressful situation. TuRo, which is a kind of dance applying the meridian Qi system, may have effects on reducing the psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, hostility and sleeping disorders that are induced by the imbalance of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Aims: Aims of this study were to observe whether the TuRo training changes of the psychopathological and psychosomatic symptom using Symptom Check List-90-Revision (SCL-90-R) and to examine whether the TuRo training attenuates the stress response to a mental stress in healthy adolescent female using power spectrum analysis of heart rate variability (HRV). Methods: TuRo group had been trained TuRo training for two months and control group had been trained mimicked movements without the concept of Qi flow through the meridian as a control for a same period. SCL-90-R was compared before and after 2 months training period. After the training period, mental stress test, consists of 5 minutes of the Stroop-colorword test and mental arithmetic test, was performed. Heart rate (HR) and total power (TP) and LF/HF ratio of HRV were compared between TuRo and control groups during and after the mental stress. Results: The somatization and hostility subscales of the SCL-90-R of the TuRo group were significantly lower than the control group. The increments of the HR and LF/HF ratio of HRV induced by the stress test were significantly smaller in the TuRo group compared to the control group. TP of the TuRo group was significantly higher than the control group. Conclusion: The psychosomatic symptom and the sympathetic activation induced by an artificial stress were significantly inhibited by the TuRo training. This finding suggests that TuRo training may have therapeutic effects on the psychosomatic and stress-related disorders. The underlying mechanism and potential applications warrant further investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIFMBE Proceedings
EditorsSun I. Kim, Tae Suk Suh
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages3614-3618
Number of pages5
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9783540368397
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event10th World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, WC 2006 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Aug 27 2006Sep 1 2006

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
Number1
Volume14
ISSN (Print)1680-0737
ISSN (Electronic)1433-9277

Conference

Conference10th World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, WC 2006
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period8/27/069/1/06

Keywords

  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Heart rate variability
  • Psychosomatic symptom
  • Qi-gong
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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