If I hear one more person say that it’s “just the placebo effect,” I’m going to kick them right in the placebo.
For example: “How does qigong work? Is it just the placebo effect?”
It’s the word “just” that gets me angry.
I’ve experienced back pain so severe that it almost got me arrested. I was in my apartment in NYC, I was deeply frustrated by my pain and lack of mobility, and I let out a loud, primal scream. As crazy as things were in NYC in the 1990s, screaming was still frowned upon…
Are you eager to learn more about qigong, tai chi, and meditation? Are you struggling with discipline? Want to know more about the history and theory of these arts? Then ask questions, grasshopper! The human brain functions better when using questions. All teachers know this. They know that presenting information is only half the battle. Maybe less than half the battle. […]
I’m not a doctor, and I don’t even play one on TV. But students often ask for my opinion on this subject. Why? Probably because the Kung Fu tradition (which includes Qigong and Tai Chi) contains a lot of wisdom. And in the 21st century, I think that this kind of ancient wisdom is precisely what we sometimes need to hear.
You’ve learned Qigong or Tai Chi from a good teacher, and you’ve been practicing for some time. You’ve gotten good results, but you still have a few lingering health problems. The strangest thing is that other people have been able to overcome those same problems using Qigong and Tai Chi. And yet you can’t seem to do the same for yourself. Why?