Qigong and the Immune System
Recently, I read a book "A Great Revolution in The Brain World," written by Dr. Haruyama, a medical doctor from Tokyo University. In this book, the author describes very carefully how qigong and meditation cause the human brain to release beta-endorphins. According to Dr. Haruyama, beta-endorphin is one kind of peptide hormone that is formed mainly by Tyrosine (one kind of amino acids). The molecular structure is very similar to morphine but with different chemical properties. Many scientists have found that beta-endorphins can activate human NK (Natural Killer) cells and boost the immune system against diseases and cancer cells. That explains why some patients can cure some diseases simply by practising qigong meditation. For a long time, many scientists believe that human immune system is autonomous and does not have any outside control. However, Dr. Felten discovered that human nerve fibers are in fact physically linked both to the human immune system as well as the nerve system. As a result, more and more scientists start to believe the immune system can be controlled to a certain degree by the human brain.
The idea has led to the development of a new area of medical science:
Psycho-neuro-immunology, and has attracted many peoples' attentions. Some scientists believe this is the reason why people who practice mind adjustment in qigong can be more in control of their health.
There are more and more scientific reports today supporting the fact that qigong can effect the immune system and endorphon levels. Dr. Higucchi, in his article "Endocrine and Immune Response During Qigong meditation" (Journal of International Society of Life Information Scince Vol.14, No.2, 1996), reported about some tests conducted on two groups of people. All the members in the "Qigong" group have practised qigong for at least one year while those in the other group (the "Control" group) havenot. Everyone in both groups was checked for their endorphon level before, during and after meditation.
After meditating for one hour, most people in the Qigong group showed an increase in endorphin level. By contrast, most people in the Control group showed no significant change while some showed a 35% decrease in endorphin level. Since a higher endorphin level is associated with better enpowerment to the immune system, some doctors start to believe that qigong can be a good healing method for some patients. Actually, beta-endorphins not only can strengthen the human immune system but also are very effective for pain control. For a long time, the mechanism of pain control by acupuncture has been a mystery to scientists.
Recent studies show that acupuncture stimulates the hypothalamus within the human brain and induces the release of beta-endorphins that affect the nerve tracts and control the pain. Practising qigong can achieve the same releasing effect of beta-endorphins, as does acupuncture. This provides a good explanation as to why qigong can be very effective for some patients who were suffering from chronic pain.
Qigong and the Human Brain Why qigong and meditation can effect the release of beta-endorphins from the human brain? The exact mechanism is not yet clear. However, some scientists believe it may relate to the significant change in the alpha-wave of the EEG (brain wave) patterns. About four years ago, a number of scientists found the alpha-wave of EEG at the frontal lobe of a meditator during qigong state has a much stronger intensity than those taken from a non-qigong meditator. Since the frontal lobe of the human brain has a lot to do with human mind activities as well as a close link with the hypothalamus, a major source for the release of beta-endorphins, many scientists believe the increased intensity of the alpha-wave at the frontal lobe will stimulate the hypothalamus to release more beta-endorphins. That could possibly explain why the mechanism of qigong meditation effects the release of beta-endorphins so as to improve the immune system and the overall health.
Obviously, the release of beta-endorphins can only explain part of the picture about qigong and the mind and body interaction. But this is a good start. With continuous research efforts, I believe we would have a much clearer picture in the next few years. So far as qigong is concerned, Dr. Yan Xin has reminded us: "Save Qigong with Science." Of course, Dr. Yan understands that qigong still cannot be fully interpreted by today's scientific standards. I believe what he really means is that only with a solid scientific foundation will qigong be accepted by the rest of the world and thereby making qigong a real contribution to human health. I respect this attitude and I strongly believe this is the right way to promote qigong.
Exploring the Mechanisms of Yan Xin Qigong Healing
The healing effects of Yan Xin Qigong have been well documented in scientific research in China, the U.S. and elsewhere. Scientists are currently exploring the reasons behind these effects and it is proving difficult to obtain a complete answer.
The following are some of possible mechanisms of Qigong healing effects.
Practicing qigong for healing family members
When one person practices qigong and the entire family benefits, it naturally includes helping family members adjust their body and improve their health. The method is to think of the family member's most healthy state. You can also induce simultaneous movements during qigong practice. It is best to do this when there are family members with illness around you, and it is best not to touch them. Since it is family, and spontaneous movements are similar to acupressure and massage in Chinese medicine, touching them is also alright. But, it is best to keep some distance when having movements or adjusting the body. This way, it can reduce the interference from the psychological nervousness of the person receiving the adjustments. From the book "Discussions with Dr. Yan Xin", p. 180
The Science of Yan Xin Qigong Pain Control
Qigong can exert a tremendous influence over the muscular motion system. Practicing internal qigong is better than practicing martial arts since qigong can produce, in the brain and intestinal walls, large amounts of enkephalin, and excite the body s morphine receptors to accept the enkephalin easily. Enkephalin is a naturally occurring substance of the endorphin family in the human body. Everyone has this substance, but ordinarily don t produce large amounts of enkephlin. Its analgesic or pain relieving effect is many times more effective than that of morphine.
A good qigong practitioner is not afraid of being hit or beaten, because under the influence of enkephalin, muscle reflex is decreased. Furthermore, through qigong, one can produce strong magnetic signals which have anesthetic and analgesic effects. This might explain certain qigong abilities such as Golden Bell Shield and Iron Cotton Clothes that protect one from being hurt during car accidents or physical confrontations.
There is a saying by some ancient masters:
"To learn martial arts without internal qigong, one will regret this for life. To learn internal qigong without martial arts, one will enjoy countless wonders."
from "Secrets and Benefits of Internal Qigong Cultivation", p.85
Qigong, Human Brain and Health by I. K. Huang
Since 1970, there have been a wide variety of reports that practising qigong and meditation may effect some physiological changes in the human body such as changes in metabolism, oxygen consumption, cardiac output, blood pressure, skin electricity, lactate concentration in the arteries, brain wave patterns, etc.
Many reports show that qigong can be very effective for healing some stress-triggered illnesses, such as headaches, migraine, insomnia, and hypertension to name just a few. Some reports even indicate that qigong can cure some diseases and cancers.
How does qigong affect human health?
What is the real mechanism that qigong meditation triggers that leads to those physiological changes in the human body?
Unfortunately, the answer is not yet very clear. This is the main reason that many people in the medical and scientific fields still question the effects of qigong. If we really want to promote qigong and make qigong acceptable to the majority of people, we cannot neglect these questions.
As a medical engineer, I always consider this is a great challenge for those of us who care about scientific research in qigong. Since qigong is an inner mind and body training technique based on human consciousness, many scientists believe that the key is in understanding the mechanism of the mind and body interaction. In other words, finding out how the mind or consciousness effects and induces a series of physiological changes in human body is the first step to all the answers.
Even though not everyone agrees with the idea that the function of human mind and consciousness is just some kind of bio-electrical activities of our neurons or brain cells, recent developments in psychosomatic medicine have led more and more scientists to believe the human brain is the key to the understanding of the human mind. Dr. David Felten, a well-known professor of neurobiology at the University of Rochester, pointed out in an interview "There is no way to separate human brain and mind because, ultimately, they're one and the same." For this reason, I am very interested in studying the progress of qigong research as it relates to the human brain.
Yan Xin Qigong And Modern Sciences
Yan Xin Qigong involves a close relationship with the physical sciences. In China today, there are dozens of high level Qigong practitioners who work, to various degree, with research institutions. However, not one of these practitioners have come close to what Dr. Yan Xin has accomplished both in China and in the United States in promoting the scientific study of Qigong. Dr. Yan Xin was the first person in China's history to cooperate with the best research institutes in China and America. To date, Dr. Yan Xin has conducted over two-hundred scientific studies, many of which have been published in reputable academic journals. No other practitioner or master of Qigong have been able to repeat Dr. Yan Xin's experiments to any significant degree. Among Dr. Yan Xin's published Qigong experiments are:
More on Scientific Research & External Chi
The external qi of Yan Xin Qigong has been scientifically detected and her effects on matters and organisms rigorously measured
During the last 15 years, a considerable number of accomplished scientists from leading universities and research institutes in China and the US, such as Tsinghua University, the University of California (UCSD, UCLA) and Harvard University, have applied modern scientific methods and protocols to investigate biological, chemical, and physical effects of Yan Xin Qigong (YXQ) in critical areas of life science, physical sciences and technology. Some of Yan Xin Qigong research projects have been supported by Chinese National Natural Science Foundation.
A large body of scientific data on Yan Xin Qigong
phenomena and effects have been scientifically documented. They have been
reviewed by Chairman (now honorary Chairman) of Chinese Association of Science
and Technology, Dr. Qian Xuesen (Tsien Hsue-Shen), to be "new scientific discoveries
and the prelude to scientific revolution" . Prof. Hans-Peter Duerr, colleague
and successor of Werner Heisenburg as Director of Institute of Theoretical
Phyiscs in Germany proclaimed the Yan Xin Qigong research results to be "within
my window of acceptance."
These data have established that external qi
of Yan Xin Qigong:
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