Benefits of Qiqong

Experimental evidence suggests the following healing effects of Qigong exercises and meditations.

Cardiovascular


Lower resting heart rate; positive effects on EKG, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels

Respiratory


Deeper breathing, slower respiratory rate, improves oxygen delivery to the cells

Immune System


Immune balance, whether too yang (as Chinese medicine classifies autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, and diabetes) or too yin (a Chinese medical understanding of immune deficiency conditions such as cancer and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

Circulation


Better circulation and peripheral warmth (hands and feet)

Brain


Improves cerebral blood flow and oxygen delivery to brain cells (The brain is the most oxygen-hungry organ in the body.) Potential benefit for stroke  and seizure disorders. Slow, high amplitude brainwaves suggest relaxed and focused state of consciousness. Production of BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) during qigong may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's

Musculoskeletal


Improves posture, balance, strength, stamina, flexibility

Chronic Pain


Anti-inflammatory effects and positive mood (production of endorphins) may be linked to pain reduction from injury, surgery, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other conditions

Mental Health


Decreases stress response, may be helpful for anxiety, depression, memory, interpersonal sensitivity, and to restore confidence in better management of one's own health ("self-efficacy")

Longevity


May have positive effects on various signs of aging, including blood pressure, pulmonary function and vital capacity, cholesterol and hormone levels, kidney function, mental acuity, vision and hearing, bone density, immune function, digestion, balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, libido, and resilience