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  • Qigong can change your life



    "Qigong is the most profound health practice ever invented by mankind for the prevention of illness, reducing stress, managing chronic conditions, increasing longevity, and promoting healthy, active aging." Tom Rogers, President, Qigong Institute.

  • Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century


    Watch a short 10-minute 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. The full documentary can be obtained via the Qigong Institute Store.

  • The Scientific Basis of Qigong and Energy Medicine


    A fundamental tenet of Energy Medicine is that the human body emits and receives a broad spectrum of electromagnetic and acoustic radiation and that these oscillating energy fields regulate the function of the body's physical and chemical processes.

  • Getting Started with Qigong and Tai Chi




    Introduction to the fundamentals of practicing the Art of Qigong.

  • Harvard Medical School Recommends Tai Chi


    Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health Publications calls Tai Chi "medication in motion". 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.

  • The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™



    Beginning about 1980, extensive clinical and experimental research on medical applications of Qigong was carried out by scientists in China. Most of these studies were reported only at international conferences, and only a few were published because suitable scientific journals were not available in China. The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™ contains abstracts collected by the Qigong Institute since 1984.


  • Qigong for Cancer



    Qigong can improve the quality of life of cancer patients.

  • Qigong Institute Teacher Directory



    Find a Teacher. List your Services.

  • Qigong Practice Alters Gene Expression





    Qigong changes the expression of genes related to energy metabolism, insulin secretion and inflammatory pathways, an important step to improved health and fitness.

  • Integrative Medicine and Medical Qigong Therapy


     "Integrative Medicine blends the best of conventional and complementary medical approaches, addressing not only physical symptoms, but also psychological, social, environmental & spiritual aspects of health & illness. It believes in stimulating the innate human capacity for healing, empowering patients in their own care, while providing them with choices in healthcare that are proven to be safe and effective."  The Center for Integrative Medicine.

The Qigong Institute - Qigong Research and Education since 1984

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 "The founding of the Qigong Institute was a natural outgrowth of my interest in Qigong. The goal of the Qigong Institute is to promote the scientific understanding of the basis of Qigong" Dr. Ken Sancier (1920 - 2013).

A Short Introduction to Qigong


Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher Henderson Smith

What is Qigong?


Qigong is a mind and body wellness practice integrating movement, posture, breathing, and awareness in a new category of exercise called "meditative movement." Meditative Movement is defined by (a) some form of movement or body positioning, (b) a focus on breathing, and (c) a cleared or calm state of mind with a goal of (d) deep states of relaxation. More...

If There Was Ever a Time to Activate Your Vagus Nerve, It Is NowFour simple steps to return to a ‘rest and digest’ state.

Rapid deployment of virtual mind-body interventions during the COVID-19 outbreak: feasibility, acceptability, and implications for future care

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Tai Chi is one of the virtual mind-body interventions recommended by Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in this study using Zoom that demonstrates the effectiveness of remote delivery to facilitate patient access to services. [PMID: 32902712].

Deep Breathing Could Help You Recover From Covid-19

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"One incredibly useful practice that may prove therapeutic for recovering Covid-19 patients is Qigong... Like yoga or tai chi, it is a practice of synchronizing breath with movement. Qigong translates to “life energy mastery” and includes exercise, movement of qi ( energy), and improved blood and lymphatic flow. Research suggests that Qigong improves health by decreasing stress, reducing inflammation, strengthening respiratory muscles, increasing lung capacity, and improving immune function. Each of these mechanisms can help restore lung function after Covid-19 infection." [Full Article]

Mindfulness with paced breathing and lowering blood pressure 

Mindfulness with paced breathing is fundamental to Qigong. Qigong Institute founder Dr. Ken Sancier reported on Qigong's beneficial effects for blood pressure in his landmark paper 'Anti Aging Benefits of Qigong' in 1996. Papers published since then have confirmed Qigong's use in lowering hypertension. 

"One of the most plausible mechanisms is that paced breathing stimulates the vagus nerve and parasympathetic nervous system, which reduce stress chemicals in the brain and increase vascular relaxation that may lead to lowering of blood pressure." [Read Article].

Long, slow, deep (LSD) diaphragmatic breathing fundamental to Qigong is explained in detail

Coronavirus (Covid19) Recovery Breathing Exercises by Patrick McKeown

Harvard Medical School Endorses Qigong

harvard medical school "Tai chi is often described as 'meditation in motion,' but it might well be called 'medication in motion.' MORE.

American College of Sports Medicine Endorses Qigong and Tai Chi

american college of sports medicineMultifaceted physical activities such as tai ji (tai chi), qigong, and yoga involve varying combinations of neuromotor exercise, resistance exercise, and flexibility exercise. Neuromotor exercise training is beneficial as part of a comprehensive exercise program for older persons, especially to improve balance, agility, muscle strength, and reduce the risk of falls.  MORE.

Qigong for Cubicles and Corporations

cubiclesStress in the workplace is 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. MORE.

Which Comes First: Bioenergy or Biochemistry?

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See Bioenergetics

The History of Qigong

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The practices that are today called 'Qigong' are millennia old, but the term 'Qigong' was coined in the mid-20th Century.


Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits

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Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits. Although Western psychologists have been studying the ancient contemplative practice since the 1970s -- mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn created Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 1979 -- scientific interest in mindfulness has escalated in the past decade. MORE.

Fundamentals of Qigong Practice

Qigong is not exercise -- it is dynamic meditation. Doing repetitions is not the focus - it is conscious application of the three intentful corrections - lengthen the spine, deepen the breath, clear the mind or visualize healing. MORE.

Benefits of Qigong Practice

Top 7 Benefits of  Qigong


Qigong and Tai Chi initiate the “relaxation response,” which alters the neurochemistry profile toward accelerated inner healing and enhancing the efficiency of the immune system. 

Profiles in Qigong

Francesco Garripoli - Dreaming Awake

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A collection of Qigong guided meditations and concepts.

Brian Trzaskos - Institute for Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi

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Reconnecting the healing arts with physical rehabilitation.

Roger Jahnke - Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi

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Become a certified Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher.

Shifu Michael Rinaldini - Dragon Gate Daoist Qigong

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Qigong in Daoist philosophical and and religious practice.

Henderson Smith - Living Well Therapies

Living Well Therapies

Worksite, community, and individual wellness.

Simon Blow - Simon Blow Qigong

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SImon Blow Qigong, Wild Goose Qigong.

Francesco Garripoli - Qigong Wellness and Healing Study Trips

Qigong Trips to deepen your practice at power spots in Asia, Africa, and more.

Jessica Kolbe - Community Television Qigong

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Qigong with Jessica Kolbe is now airing on TVSB.

Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century

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.

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The full documentary is on Garripoli's Qigong beginning practice DVD which can be obtained via the Qigong Institute Store.