Qi Gong: What Works
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
- 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
- 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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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R.
permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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