The Science of Energy Arts

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brain-image-wave-qigong-scienceI already have all the evidence I need to know that Qigong, Tai Chi and Meditation work.  And so do my students.  But those who say that these arts aren’t supported by science are just plain wrong.  

For those who are interested, there is a growing body of research that demonstrates the science behind arts like Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation.  For the latest news articles on these topics, click here. Or to see the latest research, go to PubMed  (a free database accessing references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics) and see what comes up.  Click the links below to search each term.  Pay attention to how many studies there are, listed at the top of the search results:

PubMed only lets you read the abstracts, but here are a few scientific papers that you can read in full:

Multifaceted Health Benefits of Medical Qigong

by Kenneth M. Sancier, Ph.D., Devatara Holman MS, MA, LAc

It is a challenge for the Western mind to understand the function of Qi in the context of bodily functions as defined by science. According to Chinese medicine and Qigong theory, Qi has an infinite number of functions in the body.

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Exploratory Studies of Qigong Therapy for Cancer in China

by Kevin Chen, PhD, MPH, and Raphael Yeung, BA

The authors reviewed more than 50 studies of qigong therapy for cancer in China, in 3 categories: clinical studies on cancer patients, in vitro studies on laboratory-prepared cancer cells, and in vivo studies on cancer-infected animals. Most of the clinical studies involved observation of cancer patients’ self-practice of qigong. Qigong therapy is an area that is often neglected by mainstream medicine and research, but our review strongly suggests that qigong deserves further study as a supplement to conventional cancer treatment.

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The Anti-Aging Benefits of Qigong

by Kenneth Sancier, Ph.D.

In the early 1980’s, scientists in China began to study the medical benefits claimed for qigong. Since then, research on hundreds of medical applications of qigong have been reported in Chinese literature. Of special interest for the present article are clinical reports of the medical benefits of qigong that claim to retard or reverse some diseases associated with aging.

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Effects of Qigong Therapy on Arthritis

by Kevin W. Chen, Ph.D., & Tianjun Liu

Patients with chronic pain, like arthritis, are increasingly seeking alternatives to Western medicine. Many have benefited from acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy. TCM theory purports that arthritis is due to a blockage of the qi flow. Qigong therapy, like acupuncture, is said to alter qi flow and strengthen internal qi, either through self practice or through external qi emission.

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Impact of qigong exercise on self-efficacy and other cognitive perceptual variables in patients with essential Hypertension.

by Lee MS, Lim HJ.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of practicing qigong on middle-age subjects with essential hypertension. Impacts on blood pressure, reported self-efficacy, perceived benefit, and emotion were observed.

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Qi and Bioelectromagnetic Energy

by Randall L. Waechter

The Chinese concept of Qi Energy is not easily translated into western thought or
language. It has been defined as ‘vital energy’, ‘air, breath or steam energy’, ‘life force’, and ‘living essence’. Qi is all of these and none of them. “It is that which differentiates life from death, inanimate from animate. To live is to have Qi in every part of your body. To die is to be a body without Qi.

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Medical Applications of Qigong and Emitted Qi on Humans, Animals, Cell Cultures, and Plants: Review of Selected Scientific Research

by Kenneth M. Sancier PhD. and Bingkun Hu PhD.;

In the past few years, many studies have been conducted to investigate the scientific basis of Chinese Qigong and emitted Qi and to document their medical benefits. Most of this information has been generated in China and published in Chinese. For the benefit of Western scientists and medical practitioners, we discuss selected scientific reports pertaining to the effects of Qigong exercise and emitted Qi that were presented at two international conferences held in 1990.

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Certain Physical Manifestation and Effects of External Qi of Yan Xin Life Science Technology

by Xin Yan, Feng Lu, Hongjian Jiang, Xinqi Wu, Wei Cao, Zhenqin Xia, Hua Shen, Jun Wang, Ming Dao, Hui Lin, Runsheng Zhu

This paper reviews a portion of the data generated via the external qi emitted by Dr. Yan Xin. According to the different circumstances, external qi of Dr. Yan Xin can display different attributes such as being distance transcending, bidirectional, reversible or targeting. Although external qi of Yan Xin Life Science Technology has not been identified with any of the four known and accepted fundamental physical forces, its influence on physical reality is robustly confirmed.

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4 Responses to “The Science of Energy Arts”

  1. Laurie Goslinga November 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Hi Sifu!

    Good anti aging article but how much Chi gong did they require? Would 15 min drill be enough?

  2. Sifu Anthony November 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Hi Laurie. Our 15-Minute session is undoubtedly more powerful than what they used in the study. So the answer is yes, it’s more than enough.

  3. Dudley Jackson May 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    I read the article you posted on bioelectricity by Randall Wachter. It’s more of a journalistic piece rather than a scientific paper but it is definitely one of the best summaries of the subject I have read. As you know I’m very interested in this subject and regardless of whether Qi is bioelectricity or a combination of phenomena, this field of study will empirically (IMHO) validate mind body disciplines like qigong for the general scientific community because it can provide hard measures of the healing role of invisible field forces and because it can provide hard measures of the interaction between our consciousness and our intent via those field forces.

    • Dudley Jackson May 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

      The last part should be clarified to say the interaction between our consciousness/intent and our bodies healing abilities via those field forces. :)

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