Qi Gong

Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • A randomized control trial (Japan) suggests Qi gong relaxation exercises improve insulin resistance, glucose metabolism and hence, may be a beneficial treatment for type 2 diabetes patients.
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  • A National Taipei College of Nursing (Taiwan) experimental study found Qi gong therapy may decrease leucopenia (the loss of white blood cells) in breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy.
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  • In a review of nine randomized control trials, Qi gong was effective at decreasing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure for patients with hypertension.
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  • Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine research shows Qi gong causes an enhancement of brainstem auditory evoked response, along with a depression of cortical responses.
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  • In a review of 5 randomized controlled trials, external Qi gong (involving practitioners directing their qi energy), showed a significant benefit (over control treatment) in terms of pain scores. The evidence was encouraging but not convincing, with larger, placebo-controlled trials needed.
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