Qigong is the ancient art of health maintenance and healing that originated in prehistoric shamanic times. Qigong, pronounced "chee gung", embodies two principles: (1) Qi, the vital energy of the body and (2) gong, the practice and training of the Qi. A person practices Qigong by a combination of exercises including meditation, visualization, breathing and movement. The ultimate goal of Qigong is to improve the balance of the functions of the body. In western medical terms, this balance is referred to as homeostasis. 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 and Energy Medicine 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 and Energy Medicine 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 Qigong & Energy Medicine Database™ provides information in English which records the vast clinical and experimental research on Qigong and Energy Medicine. The Qigong & Energy Medicine Database™ contains references not only to Qigong but also to other energy-based research, therapies, clinical trials, and practices. While the emphasis is on scientific reports, reviews are provided in some cases. The Database contains abstracts in English from international conferences, scientific publications, The National Library of Medicine and PubMed.
Abstracts range in length from a paragraph to several pages and may contain information on methodology, controlled experiments, results summarized in tables, and statistical analysis. Using any key word(s), you can search all abstracts and citations to learn how a given therapy has been applied in clinical and experimental research to treat chronic conditions. Although some of the research does not conform to strict scientific protocol, the considerable volume of research and the favorable outcomes suggest that there are many ways that Qigong and Energy Medicine can complement Western healthcare. The Database has been used as source material for at least nine books, seven dissertations, and many research studies. Medical practitioners, scientists and the public also find it informative. This tool is intended to provide valuable research data that would otherwise be unavailable, however, it should not replace the advice of a doctor.