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Research on Qigong

Many thousands of qigong experiments have been performed in China and the West, with results published in standard peer-reviewed scientific journals. Experiments may be broadly divided into two categories:

A. Measuring the effects of self-healing exercises on the course of an illness. Naturally these experiments must be performed with human subjects. Often qigong is administered as a complement to conventional allopathic (western medical) treatment. For example, in the first two experiments cited below qigong improves the health or makes the difference between life and death among patients being conventionally treated for hypertension or cancer.


B. Measuring the effects of External Qi Healing on disease. External Qi Healing experiments may be performed in vitro (that is, in a test tube or cell culture): the qigong master projects qi and attempts to promote the activity of healthy cells or destroy unhealthy ones. Or the experiments may be performed in vivo, in living subjects. Here, as in self-healing qigong, External Qi Healing may be used as an adjunctive therapy or by itself. In vivo research may also include animal experiments, in which the healer attempts to project qi to heal a laboratory animal. These experiments are particularly impressive because they rule out placebo effect, the power of expectant trust. We assume that if a mouse’s physiology is influenced by the qigong master, it is because the technique really works, not because the mouse believes in the power and authority of the Master!

Examples of Qigong Research

"Effects of Qigong on Preventing Stroke and Alleviating Multiple Cerebro-Cardiovascular Risk Factors"

A Follow-up Report on 242 Hypertensive Cases for 30 years
Shanghai Institute of Hypertension

  • 120 in Control Group, 122 in QG Group, randomly divided.

  • Both groups took standard anti-hypertensive drugs.


Results of 30 Year Follow-up

"Qigong for Cancer: Drugs with Qigong vs. Drugs Alone"
Kuangan Men Hospital, Beijing

  • 127 patients divided into 2 groups

  • various advanced malignancies

  • standard chemotherapy administered to both groups

  • Qigong group 2 hrs practice/day for 3 months

"The Effects of Emitted Qi on Tumors in Mice"
Laboratory of Experimental Oncology

University Hospital of Gent (Gent, Belgium)

  • Fibrosarcoma cells implanted in 54 mice, randomly divided.

  • Qigong Group, treated by qigong master 30 min/day for 38 days. Control Group untreated.

  • Both groups fed same standard diet & tap water.

"The Effects of Emitted Qi on Experimental Animals Infected with Pneumocystis Carinii"
Guangzhou University of Medical Sciences

  • 80 adult female Wistar rats infected by P. carinii randomly divided into 3 groups

  • Group A and B treated by 2 Qigong Masters every other day in 15 min. sessions, 7 times total. Group C (Control) untreated.

  • All groups received standard diet & therapy (cortisone acetate & tetracycline).

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