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Shaolin Dan Tian Breathing Fosters Relaxed and Attentive Mind

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00988702
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified October 2009 by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : October 2, 2009
Last Update Posted : October 2, 2009
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Information provided by:
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Brief Summary:
The present study aimed to utilize these well-known neuroelectrophysiological techniques to investigate the relatively less studied Shaolin Dan Tian Breathing (DTB) technique.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Attention Electroencephalography Behavioral: Dan Tian Breathing Behavioral: Progressive muscle training Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:
Neuroelectrophysiological studies on various types of meditative breathing revealed its association with either a relaxing (i.e., enhanced alpha asymmetry) or an attentive state (i.e., enhanced intra- and inter-hemispheric theta coherence). The present study aimed to utilize these well-known neuroelectrophysiological techniques to investigate the relatively less studied Shaolin Dan Tian Breathing (DTB) technique. This technique consists of two components -- Passive DTB and Active DTB, and is considered not only as a relaxation exercise but also a form of Qigong. Based upon some pilot neuroimaging data and clinical observation, it was hypothesized that after familiarizing with the method, practicing DTB can induce both relaxing and attentive states. Twenty-two adults received training on the DTB (experimental group) for one month. They were instructed to practice the technique daily, and at each practice, until they felt warm and/or relaxed. Twenty age-, gender- and education-matched adults receiving conventional progressive muscle relaxation training were recruited as control. All participation was voluntary. Quantitative EEG and bio-physiological data were collected at baseline and post training. Eyes-closed resting EEG data before and immediately after each type of breathing were obtained individually at two time points.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Shaolin Dan Tian Breathing Fosters Relaxed and Attentive Mind: A Randomized Controlled Neuroelectrophysiological Study
Study Start Date : October 2008
Primary Completion Date : March 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Dan Tian Breathing
subjects received one-month's training on the Dan Tian Breathing
Behavioral: Dan Tian Breathing
Dan Tian Breathing for one month
Other Names:
  • Dan Tian
  • Shaolin
Active Comparator: Progressive muscle relaxation training
Subjects received one-month's conventional progressive muscle relaxation training
Behavioral: Progressive muscle training
Progressive muscle training for one month
Other Names:
  • muscle training
  • relaxation



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Quantitative electroencephalography [ Time Frame: Before and after one month's training ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Bio-physiological measures [ Time Frame: Before and after one month's training ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • healthy controls
  • age 20 to 60 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • history of head injury,
  • seizure,
  • stroke,
  • other CNS diseases or psychiatric illnesses of psychosis or mania.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00988702


Sponsors and Collaborators
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Agnes S Chan, PhD The ChineseUniversity of Hong Kong

Responsible Party: Dr. Mei-chun Cheung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00988702     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Chanwuyi-0006
First Posted: October 2, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 2, 2009
Last Verified: October 2009

Keywords provided by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:
Dan Tian Breathing
Physiological measurement
progressive muscle relaxation
Monitoring, Physiologic

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Respiratory Aspiration
Respiration Disorders
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Pathologic Processes