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Qi Gong: What Works

Among the representative positive studies are:

  • A twenty-year study in China by Wang, completed in 1993, reported benefits of lowered blood pressure. Patients using Qi Gong experienced a 50 percent decrease in death and illness from strokes.

 

  • Research in China by Sheng-han in 1994 indicated that Qi Gong was able to alter such physiological reactions as EEGs, EMGs, respiratory movement, heart rate, skin potential, skin temperature, sympathetic nerve function, stomach and intestinal function, and metabolic rate.

 

  • During a 1997 study by Dr. Wen-hsien Wu of the New Jersey Medical School, Qi Gong was helpful for patients with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a debilitating disease of the autonomic nervous system that often resists medical intervention. For these patients, Qi Gong significantly reduced pain and anxiety.

 

  • At Columbia University, Dr. Paul Zucker showed that patients using Qi Gong averaged a drop in blood pressure of 10 percent.

 

  • In a hospital in Beijing, ninety-three patients with advanced cancer were treated with a combination of drugs and Qi Gong exercises, while a control group was treated with drugs alone. Eighty-one percent of the Qi Gong group showed an improvement in strength, 63 percent in appetite, and 33 percent were free from diarrhea, compared to improvements of 10 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent, respectively, in the other group.

 

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From THE BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier.

 

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