Preliminary studies of effects of emitted qi on pneumocystis carinii in infected rats (AIDS related)

Author: Zhang Ciling 1//Chen Fakai 1//Zhang Jinmei 1//Wang Ping 2
Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, China [1] //Association of Natural Gong of Shen Xuan Sen Jiao, China [2]
Conference/Journal: 3rd Nat Acad Conf on Qigong Science
Date published: 1990
Other: Pages: 72 , Word Count: 386

Pneumocystis carinii (P. carinii) has emerged as the leading opportunistic pathogen and a major cause of mortality in AIDs. The relationship between P. carinii and AIDs has been attracting the interests and attention of many researchers all over the world. Studies on P. carinii by many methods and different ways will have important significance. The paper reports the first time effects of emitted qi on P. carinii infected wistar rats.

Adult female wistar rats weighing 150-200g were divided into A (26), B (28), and C (26) groups randomly. Group C was the control one.

Two qigong masters emitted qi to groups A and B for 15 minutes each time once every other day, 7 times altogether. Then P. carinii pneumonia animals model was built up by a regular method. The rats received a standard treatment regimen of cortison acetate, 25 mg, injected subcutaneously twice a week, low protein (7%) diet, and tetracycline in rat's drinking water until examination. After treatment of medicine started, the rat was treated by emitted qi for one week. Rats were examined 4-8 weeks after the drug treatment.

The experimental results suggested that rat the body weights of 3 groups was decreased, but this was more obvious in the control group. Table shows difference of the infected rate among the three groups. Carinii infection rate see table 1.

Table 1: Infected Rate of P. Carinii.

group counts pc(+) rate of infection x^2 test
A 26 17 65.4 A to B P>0.05
B 28 14 50.0 B to C P<0.01
C 26 24 92.3 A to C P<0.01

Differentiation of rat infected P. carinii degree see Table 2. It shows the difference of infected degree of P. Carinii among the three groups.

Table 2: Difference of Infected Degree

group counts of PC(+) infection degree
heavy moderate light
A 17/26 1 9 7
B 14/28 3 1 10
C 24/26 12 10 2

The lung smears from three group rats were stained by Giemsa. It was found that the parasites were the typical P. carinii. Table 3 shows the differences of the sizes of P. carinii cyst among the three groups.

Table 3: Differences of Sizes of P. Carinii Cysts

PC from counts diameter ( SE t test
A 100 4.78 0.6518 A to B P>0.05
B 100 4.93 0.4980 B to C P>0.05
C 100 4.74 0.5326 A to C P>0.05

The experimental results suggested that emitted qi could affect the infection rate and degree of wistar rats by P. carinii. Emitted could inhibit the infection of P. carinii.