Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions attention, electroencephalography
Treatments dan tian breathing, progressive muscle training
Phase phase 1/phase 2
Sponsor The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Collaborator Chinese University of Hong Kong
Start date October 2008
End date March 2009
Trial size 100 participants
Trial identifier NCT00988702, Chanwuyi-0006

Summary

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

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose basic science
Arm
(Experimental)
subjects received one-month's training on the Dan Tian Breathing
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Dan Tian Breathing for one month
(Active Comparator)
Subjects received one-month's conventional progressive muscle relaxation training
progressive muscle training muscle training
Progressive muscle training for one month

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Quantitative electroencephalography
time frame: Before and after one month's training

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Bio-physiological measures
time frame: Before and after one month's training

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 20 years up to 60 years old.

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.

Additional Information

Official title Shaolin Dan Tian Breathing Fosters Relaxed and Attentive Mind: A Randomized Controlled Neuroelectrophysiological Study
Principal investigator Agnes S Chan, PhD
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.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2009.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.