Evaluation of Therapeutic External Qigong from a Viewpoint of the Western Medicine

Author: Agishi Tetsuzo
Dept.of Surgery, Kidney Center, Tokyo Women's Medical College, Tokyo, Japan
Conference/Journal: J Intl Soc Life Info Science
Date published: 1996
Other: Volume ID: 14 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 102-103 , Special Notes: Also in Japanese. Proceedings of First Symposium of Life Information Science, without peer review. , Word Count: 141

Therapeutic efficacy of the external qigong, one of the prevailing popular medicine in the Asian countries including Japan, is evaluated by means of the modern western medical technologies which are supposed to present an objective guide-line for judgement. Furthermore, a
mechanism for its efficacy is tried to be explained by the modern western medical order. A total of 30 external qigong therapies was applied in 20 patients with arteriosclerotic obstruction. A therapeutic effectiveness rate was 83.3% for subjective symptoms such as cold leg,
leg pain at walking or leg pain at rest, 90.0% for a rise in the leg
temperature measured by a thermography, 72.4% for improvement in a
plethysmography and 64.7% for improvement in peripheral blood flow by an ultrasonic Doppler flow metry, respectively. These were more favorable than anticipated. However, the mechanism for inducing therapeutic efficacy is absolutely unundersdandable within the modern western medical paradigm.