The Scientific Basis of Qigong and Energy Medicine - Discover how new medical research in bioenergy, epigenetics, gene expression, psychoneuroimmunology, quantum biology, cancer, acupuncture, meditation, electromedicine, protein and molecular dynamics, and neuroscience are unlocking the secrets of the miracle of Qigong.
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Endorses Qigong and Tai Chi
Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health Publications calls Tai Chi "medication in motion". The article explains how Tai Chi when combined with standard treatment is helpful for a range of conditions including arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, sleep problems, and stroke.
Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research provides fascinating insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi actually works.
The following powerful testimonials are from Tai Chi and Qigong class participants attending classes at Turning Point, The Center for Hope & Healing, a program of the University of Kansas Hospital, and classes at Kansas University Medical Center's Landon Center on Aging. The video involves people dealing with Parkinson's disease, MS, stroke recovery, balance and flexibility issues, type 2 diabetes, and more.
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"It is now well known that the human body emits a broad spectrum of electromagnetic and acoustic radiation. Traditional medicine looks at these as by-products of biochemical reactions in the body. They are not considered by most biomedical researchers to be involved with the basic functioning (or healing) of the body. The basic tenet of energy medicine is that these fields are not only involved with functioning of the physical/chemical body but regulate these processes." Dr. G. Rein.
"Every molecule, cell, living body, and object is comprised of energy that manifests as physical matter. Some of that energy is detectible as frequencies that belong to one or more radiation bands in the electromagnetic spectrum. And these frequencies correspond to biochemical and biological processes in the body." N. Sylver, PhD. The Rife Handbook of Frequency Therapy and Holistic Health.
"For hundreds of years Western medicine has looked at mind and body as totally separate entities, to the point where saying something 'is all in your head' implied that it was imaginary. Now we've found how changing the activity of the mind can alter the way basic genetic instructions are implemented." H. Benson, MD, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute.
"The modern Western medical community increasingly has relied on a reductionist framework for defining health, managing disease, and training physicians. The central tenet of this modern reductionist model is to focus on root causes of disease…The reductionist approach assumes that complex problems can be solved by dividing them into smaller, simpler parts, or into more tractable units… However, reductionism becomes less effective when the act of dividing a problem into its parts leads to a loss of important information about the whole." Dr. P. Wayne. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi (Harvard Health Publications).
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Prevention of illness, maintaining and enhancing function, reducing stress, mangaging chronic conditions, increasing longevity, and promoting healthy, active aging.
Qigong Institute Chairman of the Board Francesco Garripoli and President Tom Rogers give a short introduction to the Qigong Institute and its website.
Media Endorsements of Qigong and Tai Chi
Harvard Medical School, Harvard Health Publications, May, 2009. "Tai chi is often described as 'meditation in motion,' but it might well be called 'medication in motion.' There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems, including arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, sleep problems, and stroke.
Wall Street Journal, January 9, 2009. 'Alternative' Medicine Is Mainstream -The evidence is mounting that diet and lifestyle (including practices such as Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga) are the best cures for our worst afflictions.
New York Times April 5, 2007. "The face of exercise is changing in America... Instead of relentlessly pursuing a sculptured physique, people are chasing longevity, stress reduction and improved health through mind-body practices like qigong. The realm of working out has shifted from people just wanting to build bulk and lean, toned muscles to them understanding that the inner health of the body is just as important as the outer health."
Los Angeles Times April 24, 2007. A 2007 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society describes the "striking immunity-boosting effect" of Tai Chi, the most well-known moving form of Qigong. Tai Chi "builds aerobic conditioning. It relaxes the body's response to stress, which tends to intensify as people age. And it increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain".
US News & World Report, November 26, 2010. "Tai chi, the most famous branch of Qigong, or exercises that harness the qi (life energy, pronounced "chee"), has been linked to health benefits for virtually everyone from children to seniors.."
Italy: June 1 - 10
China: September 1 - 14
Thailand: September 17 - 29
Group trips can be effective ways to further your personal Qigong practice and learn more from a deep, cultural experience. Francesco Garripoli & Daisy Lee have been leading Qigong Group Study & Healing Trips to powerful places around the world including China, Thailand, India, and Bhutan since the mid-1990's and their trips have facilitated hundreds to learn more about Qigong and apply it to their life.
"Specific frequencies and patterns of electromagnetic radiation regulate and control gene regulation, cell division, cell differentiation, morphogenesis (the process by which cells assemble into organs and tissues), hormone secretion, nerve growth and function....Though these research studies have been published in some of the most respected mainstream biomedical journals, their revolutionary findings have not been incorporated into the medical school curriculum."Dr. Bruce Lipton: Biology of Belief.
"Every cell in our body has a characteristic vibration. When these cells vibrate at a certain rate and in a certain pattern, the body functions well and the person feels good. When they vibrate at a different rate and pattern, the body functions less well and the person feels not so good … every thought is a pattern of energy characterized by a certain vibratory rate and pattern." Dr. Candace Pert Molecules Of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine.
"Using prescription drugs to silence a body's symptoms enables us to ignore personal involvement we may have with the onset of those symptoms. The overuse of prescription drugs provides a vacation from personal responsibility." Dr. Bruce Lipton: Biology of Belief.
"All living cells of plants, animals and humans continuously emit ultraweak biophotons (ultraweak electromagnetic waves) in the optical range of the spectrum, which are associated with their physiological states and can be measured. Neural cells also continuously emit biophotons. The intensity of biophotons is in direct correlation with neural activity, cerebral energy metabolism, EEG activity, cerebral blood flow and oxidative processes." Rahnama, et al.
The Biofield Hypothesis: Its Biophysical Basis and Role in Medicine. This paper provides a scientific foundation for the biofield: the complex, extremely weak electromagnetic field of the organism hypothesized to involve electromagnetic bioinformation for regulating homeodynamics. Evidence shows that not just the frequency of the EM field, but other field parameters including waveform, intensity, carrier frequency, modulation frequency, polarity, and time exposure patterns are involved in the specific biological responses to externally applied EM fields. There is no single or ultimate homeostatic balance point in biologic systems because they are self-organizing systems with many more possibilities than a single steady state. B. Rubik, Ph.D.
"Bioelectric signals can be used to detect early cancer. Biologists at Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences have discovered a bioelectric signal that can identify cells that are likely to develop into tumors. The researchers also found that they could lower the incidence of cancerous cells by manipulating the electrical charge across cells' membranes." Tom Rogers, President Qigong Institute.
"Qigong Exercise Reduces Stress and Anxiety in Healthy Adults"
Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century (video 3:56)
This is a short clip from Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century, created by Qigong Institute Chairman of the Board Francesco Garripoli. It was the first Qigong documentary to be shown on PBS, starting in 1999. A ten minute clip can be viewed on the Qigong Institute YouTube Channel. The full documentary is on Garripoli's Qigong beginning practice DVD which can be obtained via the Qigong Institute Store.
Qigong for Cubicles and Corporations
Mary L. Durham, PhD, head of Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research, explains that “stress in the workplace is an enormous burden – not just for employees but on companies as well.” She cites the fact that after heart disease, stress is the second-most disabling illness for workers, with an annual price tag of more than $300 billion in lost work time, health care costs, and stress reduction efforts.
Burnout: The Disease of Our Civilization. This article talks about how "more businesses are realizing that the long-term health of their bottom line is directly tied to the long-term health of their employees. Qigong and Tai Chi are the most profound health practices that can empower individuals and corporations to meet the challenges outlined in the article.
Mindfulness meditation melts away work-related stress. Work-related stress is reaching epidemic proportions in America. It has a negative effect on our health, our relationships and our lives. Studies have found that 30 to 40 percent of workers consider their job extremely stressful. Since its introduction to the West in the late 1970s, mindfulness meditation has been drawing devotees seeking peace and balance in their lives. At its core, mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, clearing your mind of the stresses and distractions of a typical, frenetic workday.
Spending too much $$$ on healthcare for your employees? Can't get enough exercise because you're working too much? Want to know how to reduce stress? Listen to Dr. Roger Jahnke talk about how to live and work with less stress by doing Qigong now.
The Health and Economic Implications of Worksite Wellness Programs. CFO's, HR Executives, Benefit Managers, Medical Directors, and Wellness Professionals should see the American Institute for Preventative Medicine's wellness whitepaper: The Health and Economic Implications of Worksite Wellness Programs (view as webpage or .pdf). This paper clearly justifies the economic and health benefits of WORKSITE WELLNESS PROGRAMS such as those incorporating Qigong and mind-body practices.
At Aetna, a C.E.O.’s Management by Mantra. Aetna is at the vanguard of a movement that is quietly spreading through the business world. More than one-quarter of the company’s work force of 50,000 has participated in at least one class, and those who have report, on average, a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels, a 20 percent improvement in sleep quality and a 19 percent reduction in pain. They also become more effective on the job, gaining an average of 62 minutes per week of productivity each, which Aetna estimates is worth $3,000 per employee per year. Demand for the programs continues to rise; every class is overbooked. Companies like Google offer emotional intelligence courses for employees. General Mills has a meditation room in every building on its corporate campus. And even buttoned-up Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs and BlackRock are teaching meditation on the job. The aims of such programs are eclectic. Some, such as Aetna’s, are intended to improve overall well-being; others to increase focus and productivity. Most of the programs — from yoga sessions for factory workers to guided meditations for executives — aim to make employees more present-minded, less prone to make rash decisions and generally nicer people to work with. Adoption of these unconventional practices in the workplace coincides with growing interest among the American public. More than 21 million people now practice yoga, double the number from a decade ago, according to the National Institutes of Health. Nearly as many meditate, according to the N.I.H.
Buddhist Meditation: A Management Skill? National Public Radio 3:57. A handful of executive MBA programs around the country — from Harvard to Michigan's Ross School of Business — are teaching students Buddhist meditation techniques. It's not necessarily about teaching spirituality, but focus. There's no way to quantify whether learning how to be centered during a stressful business meeting is balancing the bottom lines at companies. But students say slowing down does help them be more effective.
UCSD Brings Mindfulness to the Workplace.The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness has launched a WorkLife Integration Program for companies that would like to help their employees reduce stress, increase focus and improve productivity. The convenient in-house training program is designed for companies of all sizes and for employees of all organizational levels. Program options include lunch-and-learn presentations, introductory mindfulness training workshops, the flagship 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction experience and programs customized to specific organizational goals.
Meditation finds an ommm in the office. Managers are promoting mental-awareness techniques to help employees cut stress and improve communication. And executives are finding meditation helps them stay cool under fire.
Meditation by phone found effective for corporations. Findings suggest that a meditation program delivered via phone can be a low cost, feasible, and scalable intervention that shows positive impact on health and well-being, and could allow meditation to be delivered to employees who are otherwise unable to access traditional, on-site programs.
MIndfulness and yoga reduce workplace stress. Mind-body interventions showed significant improvements on perceived stress, sleep quality, and the heart rhythm coherence ratio of heart rate variability. Both the mindfulness-based and therapeutic yoga programs provide viable and effective interventions to target high stress levels, sleep quality, and autonomic balance in employees.
"Time spent practicing Tai Chi makes your time at work more focused and creative, helps you manage stress, makes your interactions with coworkers more efficient, and gives you the energy to work longer, more productive hours...Employers all across the nation are recognizing just how important a heathy workplace and a healthy workforce are improving productivity as well as to controlling health-care costs... wellness programs have achieved a rate of return on investment that ranges from $3 to $15 for each dollar invested, with savings realized within 12 to 18 months."
A profitable calm: Meditation for investors and traders. Meditation is fast becoming a standard part of business training and practice. Top business schools are including meditation courses, and meditation rooms and workshops are a routine part of company cultures. Investors and traders, whose business is buying and selling risk, benefit from meditation in ways that can transform not only their profitability, but their ability to enjoy their work and the life it makes possible.