Medical Applications of Qi Gong include a wide variety of diseases . In a recent pilot study performed by Master Hong and Dr. Nancy Roberts the application of external Qi was quantitatively demonstrated to reduce and rebalance the energy for two study groups: Patients with Hypertension, and Patients with Hepatitis B and C.
Figure 1: GDV Diagram - blue line indicating subject energy level through the meridians before the application of external Qi. The red line indicates the energy level after the application of external Qi.
Figure 2: Linear representation of GDV diagram results
for the left hand.
Figure 3 : Linear representation of GDV diagram results
for the left hand.
Before and after the application of external Qi by Master Hong Liu, the subject's blood pressure was measured by the traditional blood pressure cuff method, and the energy (electromagnetic energy) flow through their meridians was assessed via a device called a GDV or Gas Discharge Visualization device. The GDV device is a unit that creates an image in direct proportion to the amount of energy flowing through an individual's meridian. GDV measurements can fall into one of three ranges; "normal" Qi range, an excess Qi range, and a deficient Qi range. The two levels of Qi outside the normal range reflect areas where either energy stress or energy blockage exists in any of 12 correlating organ/meridian systems.
Both methods of Hypertension assessment demonstrated statistically significant
changes in the level of Qi as a result of the application of external Qi by
Master Hong : 20 points and the systolic lowered the diastolic blood pressure
by 10-15 points for the subjects measured. This drop in blood pressure was
also demonstrated quantitatively by the GDV, please see the graphs .
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), older hypertensive patients exhibit a deficiency of heart and kidney energy, which can lead to weakened function of the left ventricle and a disturbance of microcirculation, and possibly incontinence or frequent urination. (1)
As seen in Figure 1, this particular subject had a deficiency of Qi in the coronary vessels on the left side and low Qi in the coronary vessels on the right side. This subject also demonstrated excess kidney Qi, and blood Qi on both the left and right as well as deficient Qi on the left thus correlating with the above diagnosis as given by TCM. As a result of the external application of Qi, energy throughout the meridian system was brought to a higher degree of balance as given by the JS integer calculated by the GDV diagram software program:
The overall change in each of the meridians measured can be seen for the left and right hands in Figures 2 and 3. The columns above the line indicate an increase of Qi, and the columns below the line indicate a reduction of Qi. Of marked interest is the increase in Qi through the coronary vessels for the left side. In addition the kidney meridian is demonstrating an attempt to reach a new associated equilibrium state.
For this pilot study two patients with known hypertension (managed with pharmaceuticals) were studied. One patient without hypertension was also studied and served as a control. For both hypertensive patients there was a statically significant change in their energy as a result of the externally applied Qi, while the control subject exhibited none.
Before and after the application of external Qi by Master Hong, the subjects' energy (electromagnetic energy) flow through their meridians was assessed via the GDV device. See Figure 4.
Again, it is demonstrated in the integers JS as calculated by the GDV diagram program that there is a statistically significant response of the overall energy system as a result of the application of external Qi.
Figure 5 : Linear interpretation of GDV results.
Figure 6 : Linear interpretation of GDV results.
The two hepatitis subjects were measured on two subsequent visits using the GDV: three days post Qi application, and six days post. For the subject shown above the linear interpretation of the change in Qi over this time period is demonstrated below in the linear graph Figure 5.
The graphs show that the change in Qi through the liver meridian was significant and sustained as the body is trying to adjust and attain a new level of equilibrium.
To achieve health the energy flow through the meridians must be balanced and without blocks or excesses, each of these meridians is linked to specific organs and their functions. The effects of externally applied Qi Gong as well as the effects of Qi Gong practice can be monitored by the GDV and via electro acupuncture according to Voll.
As shown in these two small pilot studies Qi Gong enables the body to re-establish a new Qi flow equilibrium thus health. Several investigators have reported beneficial effects for many disease states in particular cardiovascular diseases. (1). Overall it is believed that Qi Gong works to relax the body, and promote the healthy balanced flow of Qi, blood, oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body.
In summary, both studies revealed significant changes in the flow of Qi for all patients studied. These small studies beg for large-scale replicas to be performed. This important treatment modality must be explored scientifically and introduced to the western medical culture as a viable method to promote health and well-being for many of today's ailments.