The Western analytical mind loves separating things into their component parts or constituent elements. We’ve been mentally drilled in school to examine, inspect, investigate, and scrutinize. So, in the light of such an approach,Does Qigong Really Work?
We can presume the question relates to our gaining improved energy levels, good health, and effective healing.The Western approach is very mechanistic.
If a car’s carburetor appears to be malfunctioning, would replacing it be the answer when the real problem is a clogged fuel filter?
And if one’s liver doesn’t appear to be in a healthy state, could it be that another organ, say, the heart, might be partly the cause? Unrelated?
Here’s where Traditional Chinese Medicine differs from Western medicine. TCM treats the entire system to restore the balance between the parts. In the above case, according to TCM’s Five Element theory, fire can burn wood, so an inflamed heart (the fire element) can affect liver function (the wood element). You might be thinking, “Oh, how overly simplistic!” Let’s suspend judgment for a moment while we look at another aspect of TCM: qigong, which employs the same Five Element concept.
Qigong’s healing powers have been reported countless times. But does it really work?
According to more than 10,000 medical records from the Wahzhan Chigong Clinic in Qinhuadao, China, their success rate of healing arthritis, cancer, coronary disease, diabetes, lupus, and paralysis is a whopping 95 percent! And they do it through qigong alone—no drugs, no special diets, no herbs, and no surgery.
Compare that with the grim record of Western hospitals. The Journal of the American Medical Association in October 2003 reported 98,000 deaths per year from hospital stays. The following year, the Health Grades Study reported the following: “The Health Grade Study shows the IMO study may have been underestimated. The number of deaths due to medical errors, and moreover, there is little evidence that patient safety has improved in the last five years,’ said Dr. Samantha Collier, Health Grades vice president of medical affairs.
The equivalent of 390 jumbo jets full of people are dying each year due to preventable, in-hospital medical errors, making this one of the leading killers in the U.S.’” That’s 195,000 dead each year! Compare that with a hospital with a 95 percent success rate. Qigong, anyone?
The Guo Lin Research Society in China, which has over one million cancer patients choosing qigong over conventional cancer therapy, has got to get your attention. Studies have been done in the microbiology department of Shandgong University demonstrating the shocking power of qi emissions. In dealing with drug-resistant strains of “super bugs” such as staphylococcus bacteria, a 76 percent success rate was evidenced.
To the casual observer this might appear impossible, but please consider what science knows about molecules. Molecules absorb and emit electromagnetic fields. When the field changes, the structure changes also. In fact, all chemical changes in the body are a result of vibratory, energetic interactions. You may have seen or heard reports of talented opera singers being able to hit such high frequencies with their voices that they shatter crystal glass. What’s happened on an energy level is that an earthquake-like vibration has shaken the atomic structure to such a degree that it can no longer hold together. If we accept such events as factual without question, why should we scoff at the same process employed in the breaking of molecular bonds holding abnormal cellular growth? What about microbes, viruses, or bacteria?
“Our bodies are filled with “living crystals.” This crystalline structure of long, thin, responsive molecules or living liquid crystals responds quickly to all oscillating electromagnetic fields. These fields can be either beneficial or harmful, depending on exposure.”
We sometimes tend to ignore that pharmacology deals with how drugs and chemicals affect the energy signatures of cells, which absorb and emit these chemical signals. The bottom line is that it all comes down to vibrations—vibrations very much akin to the ones you’ll experience when you first begin to practice qigong. So many research papers have been written on qigong that it would exhaust this small peek into qigong to present them. The Qigong Institute in Menlo Park, CA has over 1600 of them. However, nothing beats the actual practice itself.
If you’re still wondering if Qigong works, why not just give it a try?