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posted on 11.10.2019by Fei Luo, Victor Chiang, Yibing Wu, Yuzheng Wang, Wenhong Tian, Zhiguo Ma, Yingying Mao
Previous studies have shown that perennial Chan training leads to improvements in brain functioning. However, few studies have investigated the effects
of short-term Huatou Chan training. The
current study explored the effects of a three-day Huatou Chan training on physical and emotional health, as well as brain
state. Seventy healthy subjects were recruited and divided into two groups: the
Huatou Chan group and the Control
group. The Huatou Chan group received
a 3-day Huatou Chan training, while
the Control group waited for three days. Both groups completed a 6-min Brain
State Index recording, the SCL-90, the Brief Profile of Mood State, the Meaning
in Life Questionnaire, and the Index of Well-being, prior to and after the
training or waiting period. Results showed that short-term Huatou Chan training had significant benefits on physical and
emotional health (somatization, obsessive-compulsive, depression, hostility,
and psychoticism), negative emotions (tension-anxiety, depression-dejection,
anger-hostility, fatigue-inertia, and confusion-bewilderment), well-being, and
attitude towards life. In addition, short-term Chan training can significantly improve brain state, as shown by
the index of depression, anxiety, alerting, intelligence, and sleep disorder. To
our knowledge, this is the first study to provide direct evidence for
the benefits of short-term intensive HuatouChan training on physical and mental health.
The study received ethical approval from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. No adverse events were reported in this study. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants.