Shaolin Dan Tian Breathing Fosters Relaxed and Attentive Mind

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified October 2009 by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Information provided by:
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00988702
First received: September 30, 2009
Last updated: October 1, 2009
Last verified: October 2009
  Purpose

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


Condition Intervention Phase
Attention
Electroencephalography
Behavioral: Dan Tian Breathing
Behavioral: Progressive muscle training
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Shaolin Dan Tian Breathing Fosters Relaxed and Attentive Mind: A Randomized Controlled Neuroelectrophysiological Study

Further study details as provided by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Quantitative electroencephalography [ Time Frame: Before and after one month's training ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Bio-physiological measures [ Time Frame: Before and after one month's training ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: October 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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

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.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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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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
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dr. Mei-chun Cheung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00988702     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Chanwuyi-0006
Study First Received: September 30, 2009
Last Updated: October 1, 2009
Health Authority: Hong Kong: Ethics Committee

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

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