The following comments reﬂect the impressions and conclusions of Kenneth M. Sancier, Ph.D. in a scientific report, “Medical Applications of Qigong“, published by Alternative Therapies in January 1996:
Stroke and Mortality Rates Decrease – in a study of hypertensive patients, the mortality rate in the Qigong group was nearly half of the group who did not practice Qigong.
Blood Pressure Stabilises – Over a 20 year period, blood pressure of the Qigong group stabilised, whereas that of the control group increased.
Sex Hormone Levels Improve – Estrogen imbalances “can be reversed by Qigong exercise”
Bone Density Increases – bone density increased in men who practiced Qigong for one year. It is likely Qigong therapy would help restore bone density in women as well.
Cancer And Drug Treatment Improve – patients with “medically diagnosed malignant cancer” were divided into two groups. All received drugs, but one group also practiced Qigong. “Both groups improved, but the [Qigong] group showed improvement in strength, appetite, freedom from diarrhoea, and weight gain four to nine times greater than the control group”.
Senility Symptoms Improve – After six months, eight of the 14 main clinical signs and symptoms in the Qigong group had improved more than 80%, whereas no symptoms in the control group had improved more than 45%.
Blood ﬂow To Brain Increases. Memory Improves, Insomnia, Numbness, Vertigo, Headaches, and Cholesterol Decrease – Two studies show Qigong increases blood ﬂow to the brain.
Combination of Qigong and Drugs Is Superior To Drug Therapy Alone – Research shows “Qigong is believed to relax the body, promote the ﬂow of Qi (energy), blood, oxygen and nutrients to all cells of the body and promote the removal of waste products from cells.”
Alpha Brain Waves Increase – Alpha brain waves are the key to stress relief, health, vitality and longevity.
Meditation is an important part of Qigong practice and it alone has been shown to dramatically lower stress and stress related physical and emotional problems, say research scientists in thousands of studies:
The National Institute of Health reports that regular meditation can reduce chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol, substance abuse, post traumatic stress response and blood levels of stress hormones.
Frank Treiber, Ph.D., of the Medical College of Georgia, says that meditation lowers blood pressure, even for healthy young people, creating a 12.5% lower risk of stroke or coronary mortality in adulthood.
Researchers at University of Maryland School of Medicine report meditation relieved stress, reduced rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, reduced cardiovascular risk factors, decreased psychological distress, improved sleep patterns.
Studies at University of Toronto, Oxford University and Cambridge University found that 66% of those recovering from depression who meditated remained stable (no relapse) over a year.
Dr Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School found that mediation releases tension, creates the will power and consciousness to be in control of one’s life, and alleviates depression, loneliness, hopelessness and despair.
Dr Adrian White, University of Exeter reported that meditators showed increased activity in the frontal part of the brain associated with lower anxiety and a more positive emotional state.
But nowhere near as dramatically as Qigong
Every time you practice Qigong you are also practicing (and get the beneﬁts of) meditation, but Qigong is so much more than meditation. This is one reason why long term Qigong practitioners have the ability to remain unaffected by the stresses and strains of modern life in the 21st Century.
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