Qi, Qigong, and Tai Chi | Goals and Objectives | Approaches and Technologies | Results
To date, we have measured over 30 Qigong/Tai Chi (half are experts with an average of 30 years of experience) before, during, and after their mind/body practice. We have also studied over two dozen control subjects extensively to investigate factors that change the parameters recorded by our instruments. Results of these studies can be found in the PUBLICATIONS section. Main conclusions based on data collected to date are summarized below:
Laser Doppler Flowmetry studies have shown that certain Qigong/Tai Chi movements when performed with coordinated deep breathing cycles and mental concentration can significantly increase blood flow measured at the Laogong acupuncture point located at the center of the palm (PC-8, traditionally regarded as a center of Qi).
Analysis of brain wave patterns in EEG recorded during Qigong meditation indicates that the subjects are in a dual state of deep mental relaxation and concentration. Heart Rate Variability analysis of EKG also show that they are in a restful state similar to deep sleep.
Bioenergy measured as heat, light, electrical field, and electrical conductance can all be changed significantly by a short period of Qigong/Tai Chi practice.
Our current research is focused on comparing the above effects produced by Qigong/Tai Chi practice with those produced by physical exercises and acupuncture. We hope that these studies will lead to a better understanding of the biological basis of these changes, and how they might be related to beneficial effects on whole person health and healing.