Search for Medical Applications of Qigong
With the Computerized Qigong Database
Kenneth M. Sancier, Ph.D.,
President, Qigong Institute
Qigong is the ancient art of health maintenance and healing that
originated several thousand years ago in China. Qigong (pronounced
chee gong) embodies two principles, Qi the vital energy of the body
and gong the practice and training of the Qi. A person practices
Qigong by a combination of exercises including meditation,
visualization, breathing and movement. A skilled practitioner of
Qigong is able to project Qi to improve the health of another person.
The ultimate goal of Qigong is to improve the functions of the body
in a balanced way.
Beginning about 1980, extensive clinical and experimental research on
medical applications of Qigong was carried out by scientists in
China. Most of these studies were reported only at international
conferences, and only a few were published because suitable
scientific journals are not available in China. The Qigong Database
is a compilation of references to most of these studies as well as to
reports in scientific journals, books and Medline. Most of the
references contain abstracts in English that may be several pages in
length with tables of data and statistical analysis. The Qigong
Database provides the only record in English of the vast amount of
research on Qigong from China as well from other countries. The
Database contains reports of therapies that have been tried and
claimed to be effective. These reports can be used as a guide for
improving health and for deciding what further research may be
required to confirm promising applications of Qigong. While few
research studies on Qigong conform to strict scientific protocol, the
collection of research is too large and significant to be ignored.
The entire collection of 1660 references in the Qigong Database
(version 5.0) can be searched using any key word(s). The abstracts
contain information on how Qigong has been applied to treat different
medical conditions and on the philosophy and theory of Qigong. The
importance of Qigong in treating some medical applications is
illustrated by the frequency that some health-related terms appear in
the Qigong Database, as shown in the table. A term may appear
multiple times in one citation, for example, in the title as well as
in the abstract.
Health-related terms Frequency of appearance
Blood (and) circulation 105
Neuro (-pathy, -logic, -logical) 9
The Database displays information in two formats as shown in the
figures: (1) a list format of all records including author, paper
title, date and citation, and all these items can be sorted
independently. (2) A record format shows the details of a given
reference including the abstract.
Medical Qigong is of increasing interest in the West as a
complementary approach for treating medical problems in a
cost-effective way. Recently, the Qigong Database has been used as
source material for eight books, seven dissertations and numerous
research studies. Feedback from medical practitioners, scientists and
the public has been overwhelmingly supportive. The Qigong Database
may help bridge the gap between Oriental and Western medicine.
The Database was recently updated to Version 5.0 and now is available
on a compact disk that operates with Window and Macintosh compatible
computers. A read-only version of ProCite's bibliographic software
(Version 4.0.3) is provided to enable searching, sorting material
based on any key words, producing bibliographies and printing. This
version of ProCite includes the 'Cite as You Write' feature that
works with Microsoft Word to enable inserting references from the
Qigong Database into an article while writing.
The Qigong Database is supplied only by the Qigong Institute, which
also can develop customized searches and bibliographies on Qigong.
Further information can be found at the web site
<www.qigonginstitute.org> or by contacting the Qigong Institute by
E-mail at qi@...
or by mail at the Qigong Institute,
561 Berkeley Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.
Kenneth M. Sancier, PhD
President, Qigong Institute
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