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Integrative Medicine and Medical Qigong Therapy

"Alternative' Medicine is Mainstream: The evidence is mounting that diet and lifestyle are the best cures for our worst afflictions."

Deepak Chopra , Dean Ornish , Rustum Roy and Andrew Weil. Read the article

"What is actually 'alternative': drugs, surgery, and technology or enhancing your body's natural healing capability?"
~Tom Rogers, President, Qigong Institute

“Doctors of the future will give no medicine, but will interest their patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of diseases.” ~Thomas Edison

"Although not proven conclusively from a Western Medical stand point, qigong is an accepted treatment option in the fields of complementary and alternative medicine [16][54][96]. Qigong treatment is also used extensively in China as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been included in the curriculum of Chinese universities [97]. Qigong practice serves both a preventive and curative function. It is considered to be effective in improving the effects of many chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, allergy, asthma, arthritis, degenerative disk disease, cancer, depression, anxiety and addiction. Qigong works by improving the practitioners’ immunity response, increasing a person’s self-healing and self-recovery capabilities and enhancing one’s self-regeneration potential...." Lee Holden: "Qigong for Health".

Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation. Blue Shield of California Health Library Article. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.

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23 Ways to Boost Your Immune System. #4: Practice Qigong. This Chinese mind-body exercise combines breath control and slow movements to reduce stress and improve focus, but it may also help combat colds. Twenty-seven varsity swimmers in a University of Virginia study learned qigong, and during their seven-week training season, those who practiced it at least once a week got 70% fewer respiratory infections than swimmers who used it less.

Society’s focus on disease is bad for our health. One of the difficulties in writing about wellness and prevention is that our health-care system — in fact, our whole society — is focused on disease. Television shows like House M.D. and ER show dramatic, extreme examples of patients with life-threatening problems. Wellness care just isn’t that dramatic. I doubt there will ever be a TV drama about the chiropractic patient who didn’t need back surgery because of his care, and also didn’t get an ulcer because he was able to stop taking his ibuprofen. Or about the acupuncturist who saved a patient from a hysterectomy because the treatment balanced her hormones naturally. True wellness and prevention restore health and function without serious side effects, or causing other health problems. When a person’s overall health is restored, seemingly unrelated conditions may resolve.

Tai Chi Program at Kansas University Hospital Shows Dramatic Results

Traditional Chinese Medicine

The quest for modernisation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A short review of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the 1950's through today.

Healing and the Mind: The Mystery of Qi.

Bill Moyers talks with physicians, scientists, therapists, and patients -- people who are taking a new look at the meaning of sickness and health. In a five-part PBS series of fascinating and provocative interviews, he discusses their search for answers to perplexing questions: How do emotions translate into chemicals in our bodies? How do thoughts and feelings influence health? How can we collaborate with our bodies to encourage healing?

Qigong and Energy Medicine for Cancer

Qigong Medical Doctors and Therapists

The people most familiar with the use of Qigong in medicine are Doctors of Oriental Medicine (OMD), Doctors of Medical Qigong (DMQ), Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM), or Medical Qigong Therapists.

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portraitDevatara Holman, MS, MA, LAc is a Qigong Master and acupuncturist and has experience working with cancer patients. In addition, she specializes in Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Medical Qigong Therapy, Herbal Medicine, and Remote Healing. For more information see Marin Oriental Medicine and Emei Qigong Buddhist Medicine. Consultations are available individually at the Marin Oriental Medicine Clinic as well as long distance and via Skype.

Qigong and the Treatment of Disease

book cover“Qigong is a truly holistic healing knowledge system. Our body has a complex diagnostic and healing system that I call the ‘internal hospital’, a hospital called Nothingness, all inclusive. Critical to genuine Qigong healing is the understanding that Qigong does not work at the structural level (anatomy), but at the Qi level, or Qi based knowledge system or framework, even beyond the Qi dimension." More

From: Restoring Natural Harmony, Simon Blow. www.simonblowqigong.com. Reprinted with permisson of author.

Global Health Institute The mission of the Global Health Institute is to educate health professionals, students and the media community on the discoveries, cutting edge therapies and emerging knowledge that is shaping the integration of healthcare.

Mitochondria are Key to Health

pubmed logoTargeting mitochondrial biogenesis for promoting health. Ensuring proper mitochondrial function (e.g. proper nutrition) represents a compelling therapeutic strategy for dealing with metabolic, degenerative, neurodegenerative, and metastatic diseases.

TEDxIowaCity - Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria. How to cure a neurological disease (in this case Multiple Sclerosis) using nutrition.

Light as Medicine. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers have shown near-infrared and blue light can successfully treat MS symptoms, clear infections, reduce inflammation, and restore function to mitochondria.

Therapeutic (Healing) Touch

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Effects of healing touch in clinical practice: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Hands-on healing and energy-based interventions have been found in cultures throughout history around the world. These complementary therapies, rooted in ancient Eastern healing practices, are becoming mainstream. Healing Touch, a biofield therapy that arose in the nursing field in the late 1980s, is used in a variety of settings (i.e., pain centers, surgical settings, and private practices) with reported benefits (i.e., decreased anxiety, pain, and depressive behaviors; increased relaxation and a sense of well-being).

For more information on Therapeutic Touch:

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

National Institutes of Health : Acupuncture for Chronic Pain A recent National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)-funded study, employing individual patient data meta-analyses published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, provides the most rigorous evidence to date that acupuncture may be helpful for chronic pain. In addition, results from the study provide robust evidence that the effects of acupuncture on pain are attributable to two components. The larger component includes factors such as the patient’s belief that treatment will be effective, as well as placebo and other context effects. A smaller acupuncture-specific component involves such issues as the locations of specific needling points or depth of needling.

The Misuse of Prescription Drugs in the Delivery of Healthcare

Prescription Drug Deaths Increase Dramatically.

Prescription Narcotics Overdoses Kill More Than Heroin and Cocaine Combined.

Pfizer Gives Details on Payments to Doctors. Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, said Wednesday that it paid about $20 million to 4,500 doctors and other medical professionals for consulting and speaking on its behalf in the last six months of 2009. Pfizer also paid $15.3 million to 250 academic medical centers and other research groups for clinical trials in the same period.

Database on Doctors and Patients Aids Drug Company Targeted Marketing. In the old days, sales representatives from drug companies would chat up local pharmacists to learn what drugs doctors were prescribing. Now such shoulder-rubbing is becoming a quaint memory — thanks to vast databases of patient and doctor information being used by pharmaceutical companies to market drugs.

"Using prescription drugs to silence a body's symptoms enables us to ignore personal involvement we may have with the onset of those symptoms. The overuse of prescription drugs provides a vacation from personal responsibility." Bruce Lipton: Biology of Belief

David Anderson, a professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology compares drugs’ effects to a sloppy oil change. If you dump a gallon of oil over your car’s engine, some of it will dribble into the right place, but a lot of it will end up doing more harm than good.

Commentator Bill Maher wryly discuss our society's over-dependence upon drugs (video 4:10) while ignoring the profound health benefits of diet, exercise, and preventative medicine.

The Politics and Manipulation of Medicine

The attack on non-allopathic, energy-based forms of medicine by the American Medical Assocation, mainstream Western medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and others started with the Flexner Report in 1910.

Flexner was John D. Rockefeller's "stool pigeon" in setting up the takeover of the entire medical school industry by Carnegie Foundation, which was a Rockefeller Foundation subsidiary at that time.......When you say "Carnegie Foundation", you're talking about something that has no substance. It's entirely under the domination of the Rockefellers. .................He (Abraham Flexner) did "The Flexner Report", and this changed the medical schools of the United States from homeopathic, naturopathic medicine, to allopathic medicine -- which was a German school of medicine which depended on the heavy use of drugs, radical surgery, and long hospital stays. That's what we've got today, allopathic medicine.---Eustace Mullins. [Interview 2003] by Tom Valentine

Additional References:

Electrotherapy

Alternative Medicine Therapies, Cures and Treatments: Vibratory Energy Medicine

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

1953 Fitzgerald Report - Suppressed Cancer Treatments

Persecution of Innovative Therapies. - Politics in Healing: The Suppression and Manipulation of American Medicine.

The Color of Truth – Kate Baldwin, M.D.

The Cancer Cure That Worked: 50 Years of Suppression

See Also: 'The Politics of Medicine and the Nature of Health' in The Rife Handbook of Frequency Therapy and Holistic Health. This includes facts and fallacies about clinical trials; preventable deaths; how drugs are marketed and publicized; the relationships between the pharmaceutical Industry and the United States Government, government officials, and universities; how drugs are approved; drugs in our drinking water and antibiotics in our food; and effects of psychotropic drugs on children.

How Scientific Is Modern Medicine

Doctors today commonly assert that they practice "scientific medicine," and patients think that the medical treatments they receive are "scientifically proven." However, this ideal is a dream, not reality, and a clever and profitable marketing ruse, not fact. The British Medical Journal's "Clinical Evidence" analyzed common medical treatments to evaluate which are supported by sufficient reliable evidence (BMJ, 2007). They reviewed approximately 2,500 treatments and found:

• 13 percent were found to be beneficial

• 23 percent were likely to be beneficial

• Eight percent were as likely to be harmful as beneficial

• Six percent were unlikely to be beneficial

• Four percent were likely to be harmful or ineffective.

• 46 percent were unknown whether they were efficacious or harmful

In the late 1970s, the US government conducted a similar evaluation and found a strikingly similar result. They found that only 10 percent to 20 percent of medical treatment had evidence of efficacy ('Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies' - Office of Technology Assessment, 1978). More: How Scientific Is Modern Medicine Really?

The World Health Organization reports that the "evidence base" for standard western medical practice is as follows:

• 8 percent Randomized controlled Trials (RCTs)
• 14 percent Well conducted clinical trials
• 28 percent Expert committee review

In other words, at least 50% of current western medical practice has no evidence base.

Most Practice Guideline Recommendations Based on Less-Than-Ideal Quality of Evidence. A study published in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows that most clinical practice guidelines for interventional procedures (e.g., bronchoscopy, angioplasty) are based on lower-quality medical evidence and fail to disclose authors’ conflicts of interest.

The selective reporting of Randomized Controlled Trials results in a biased "evidence base" for modern western medicine. The best evidence shows that half of all the clinical trials ever conducted and completed on the treatments in use today have never been published in academic journals. Trials with positive or flattering results, unsurprisingly, are about twice as likely to be published — and this is true for both academic research and industry studies.

Breaking the Seal on Drug Research. Researchers are pushing Big Pharma to disclose all clinical results -- and not just those that make it look good.


What is Integrative Medicine?

The Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine provides complementary medical patient care; is a National Institutes of Health research center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); integrates CAM in the School of Medicine curriculum; and disseminates information on CAM. The term "Integrative Medicine" is slowly replacing "CAM". As summarized on the CIM webpage:

Integrative Medicine blends the best of conventional and complementary medical approaches, addressing not only physical symptoms, but also psychological, social, environmental & spiritual aspects of health & illness. It believes in stimulating the innate human capacity for healing, empowering patients in their own care, while providing them with choices in healthcare that are proven to be safe and effective.

"Integrative Medicine believes that mental and emotional factors, the ways in which we think and behave, can have a significant effect for better or for worse on our physical health and on our capacity to recover from illness and injury." Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.


What is Integrative Medicine? Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California San Francisco. Integrative Medicine combines modern medicine with established practices from around the world. By joining modern medicine with proven practices from other healing traditions, integrative practitioners are better able to relieve suffering, reduce stress, and maintain the well-being of their patients.

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Brigham and Women's Hospital. A Teaching Affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The Osher Center's clinical work is grounded in rigorous laboratory and clinical research that aims to understand the effects of conventional and alternative treatments on various disorders and basic functions of the body. The Center performs its own high-quality research studies and is committed to engaging in the dialogue around the latest findings in scientific literature. Through this approach, we are stearing a course toward integrative medicine based on sound scientific inquiry.

Integrative Medicine Centers. American Holistic Medical Association.

The Doctor and the Healer Anyone truly interested in health, illness, and healing, and, therefore, in medicine and psychotherapy, whether professional health-care practitioner or lay person, cannot help marveling at what is happening today in the medical profession and in the world! On the one hand, we have never had more knowledge, material resources, and on-going medical research. The medical technologies and sophisticated remedies that are available to us have never been greater or more accessible to more people on this planet. On the other hand, it is highly questionable as to whether these are paying off in terms of global health, longevity, personal happiness, and fulfillment! Social science statistics are very clear but rather pessimistic: the rates of psychopathology, suicide, anti-social behavior, depression and doctor-induced deaths and illnesses keep going up, particularly in those countries that are most developed, wealthy, and technologically advanced. All over the world and particularly in traditional societies and in Europe, there is a growing interest in ethnic and traditional medicine, in holistic or integrative medicine that seeks to bring together the best of modern science and the wisdom of the past.

Some Chinese research has found that the curative effect of Chinese-Western medicine and Qigong Therapy is superior to just Qigong Therapy or just Chinese-Western therapies. This combination of medical paradigms and practices forms the basis of Integrative Medicine which incorporates the best practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine, and Qigong Therapy. Examples are practicing Qigong during cancer recovery after a course of chemotherapy to improve quality of life, or the proven ability of Qigong to reduce the amount of prescription drugs required for treatment, or the combination of Qigong and the drugs was superior to the drugs alone.

Integrative Healthcare Symposium. Integrative Healthcare Symposium brings together multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals dedicated to improving patient care and defining the future of integrative healthcare.

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Mind-body lifestyle modification programs reduce hospitalization rates and Medicare costs.


pubmed logoLifestyle medicine: the future of chronic disease management
Lifestyle medicine is a new discipline that has recently emerged as a systematized approach for management of chronic disease.

NCCAM continues to expand its online continuing medical education (CME) offerings. CEUs are available from NCCAM for these lectures.

Integrative Medicine. Ralph Snyderman, M.D., Emeritus Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University; James B. Duke Professor of Medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine. This lecture covers the concept of prospective care and personalized medicine, incorporating personalized health planning and how this differs from the current disease-oriented approach; the types of new tools becoming available to facilitate the practice of prospective and personalized care; the compelling need for greater personal responsibility for maintaining ones health and the tools available to do so; and understanding the potential for an increased and more dominant role for rational integrative medicine approaches in prospective care.

Neural Basis of Mind-Body Pain Therapies. M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., is Scientific Director of the Division of Intramural Research. Dr. Bushnell is responsible for establishing and overseeing a new, state-of-the-art program to be the focus of NCCAM’s intramural research, on the brain’s role in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain. The program will be highly collaborative and complement basic-science and clinical-research efforts across the NIH in neuroscience, imaging, and behavioral health. This lecture Identifies which brain regions are involved in pain processing and pain modulation; discusses the differences in how emotional state and attentional focus alter pain; and describes the effects of chronic pain on the brain and how psychologically based therapies influence these effects.

Optimal Healing: Use the Best of East and West

pubmed logo6th college of surgeons lecture - the philosophy of balance: the art of healing. The art of healing is the art of balancing the Science and the Art of Medicine, treating the disease and the patient as a whole, incorporating the best in allopathic (Western) medicine as well as complementary medical practices.

Integrative Medicine Documentary

When Bill Moyers’ series, Healing and the Mind, premiered on PBS over 10 years ago, integrative medicine still lay on the fringes of the U.S. health care system. Today, it is booming. Even the most conservative health institutions are beginning to practice therapies once considered “new age”— acupuncture, visualization, self-hypnosis and mindfulness— alongside the more traditional drugs and surgery. Equally important is a new attitude that treats the patient as a whole person rather than a cog in an assembly line. The New Medicine, a two-hour documentary, hosted by Dana Reeve, takes viewers inside medical schools, healthcare clinics, research institutions and private practices to examine the rapidly expanding world of integrative medicine. More: The New Medicine.

pubmed logoImplementing a Global Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Rotation: A Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program's Experience: A successful innovative international rotation in integrative rehabilitation medicine was implemented as part of the physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Rotation objectives were to introduce medical knowledge of integrative medicine treatments into physical medicine and rehabilitation practice.


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International Center for Integrative Medicine

The mission of the ICIM is to provide the best of Eastern and Western Medicine to promote quality holistic health care customized to the individual patient, conduct research on the efficacy and design for integrative medicine, and educate practitioners with an integrative medicine paradigm.


What is Medical Qigong Therapy?

Although ancient in origin, Qigong is a new category of exercise called Meditative Movement. From a physiological standpoint, Qigong practice puts the body into a state of relaxation and regeneration. This state is achieved by eliciting the Relaxation Response, coined by Dr. Herbert Benson, Associate Professor of Medicine at The Harvard Medical School to describe the healing and stress reducing effects of a mind-body practice.

Qigong is medical by its very nature. A primary example of this is the ability to modulate the autonomic nervous system through the practice of Qigong. Deep breathing and calming the mind can lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Qigong was not specifically associated with the word "Medical" until the late 20th Century. The word "Medical" with a capital "M" applied to Qigong implies the clinical use of Qigong as a medical treatment or therapy. Qigong practices may be prescribed as therapy by a Medical Qigong Therapist, Oriental Medical Doctor (OMD), or Doctor of Medical Qigong (DMQ).

Medical Qigong: An alternative therapy for pain. For patients, Medical Qigong can be used to address many common ailments or health concerns, including mental, physical or emotional stressors, physical pain, high blood pressure, headaches, anxiety or depression. Relief may happen quickly for some or can occur slowly over time - every patient's experience is unique.

Medical Qigong: A Vital Branch of Oriental Medicine. The early Taoist shaman/healers saw that through connecting to the natural powers through dance and movement they could restore outer harmony and balance with the forces of nature. It was not long before they transferred this same reasoning to the microcosm of their own bodies. Therefore, of the earliest know qigong healing forms, many were derived from the movements of animals. The Qi Gong Classic (Dao Yin Tu), discovered in the tomb of King Ma in 1973 and dating back to the second century BCE, illustrates in manuscripts written on silk over 45 qigong postures with descriptions of the movements as well as the names of the diseases which they treat; over half of these postures are animal movements.

Listen to an introduction to the use of Medical Qigong for health (once on the referenced page, scroll down the page to find this podcast) by Ted Cibik, Doctor of Medical Qigong. Also, for more information on how Qigong is being used to treat a range of diseases and conditions, such as asthma, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more, see Ancient Health Practices for a Modern World.

The World Academic Society of Medical Qigong (WASMG) .

Introduction to Medical Qigong -- Mysteries & Wonders of Chinese Medicine. National Institutes of Health Center for Information Technology lecture by Dr. Kevin Chen.

Seated Taiji and Qigong: Guided Therapeutic Exercises to Manage Stress and Balance Mind, Body and Spirit. Covering everything caregivers need to know about Taiji and Qigong, this illustrated guide provides an explanatory introduction to these forms of exercises and shows how to build up a program from easy steps to more challenging ones. There are exercises to stimulate every part of the body, with variations to suit the patient's needs and preferences. All the movements are adapted from the same ancient principles guiding classic Taiji and Qigong and will help strengthen the body as well as provide contemplative relaxation. This book will show occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, activity directors, mental health practitioners, martial arts instructors, and anyone else working with people with physical disabilities and the elderly exactly how these simple techniques can make big improvements to a person's physical and mental wellbeing.

Medical Qigong Textbook

The Introduction to the English Edition of Chinese Medical Qigong gives some more background on Qigong and its use as a clinical therapy.

Chinese Medical Qigong, known as Qigong Study in Chinese Medicine in China, is the third edition of the only official textbook of medical Qigong used in colleges and universities of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in China. It is the result of the collaborative efforts of more than thirty faculty members in a dozen colleges and universities of TCM in China and represents the highest level of academic research and the broadest compilation of clinical applications on medical Qigong today. This unique book is a systematic survey of the history, methods, transformation, and development of ancient Chinese mind-body cultivating skills, or what is today called Qigong. This text focuses on medical Qigong as a study discipline in the 21st century, and on cultivating Qi for the health and healing. It offers concepts, examples, background, techniques, and a multitude of historic and contemporary methods for refining and implementing mind-body cultivation within life nurturing and healing. For the Table of Contents and information about the authors, see the introduction to Chinese Medical Qigong.

Qi Transmission: The Basis of Healing Touch, Reiki, and External Qigong Therapy

Effect Of Qigong On Cell-Free Myosin Phosphorylation: Preliminary Experiments - (PDF Document). "The results obtained in this study demonstrate that Qigong practice can consistently affect a biologically relevant enzyme system, requiring no physical contact between the practitioner and the sample".

pubmed logoTemari Reiki: A new hands-off approach to traditional Reiki
This paper encapsulates the history of Reiki, an ancient healing art, from its origins in Japan to current practice in the United States. It defines Reiki therapy and discusses the development of a new Reiki method called Temari Reiki and the use of two additional chakras.

Clinical Practice of Integrative Medicine with Medical Qigong Therapy

"Health Medicine" is a term being used to describe an integrative, holistic, person-centered, and preventive style of clinical practice. An example of a website and practice that embodies health medicine is DoctorSaputo.com. It is the brainchild of Len Saputo, MD and Francesco Garri Garripoli who have built this project on the foundation of their friendship that began in 1998. These two wellness advocates envisioned a new approach to health education and personal empowerment. Combining Len's concept's of "health medicine" and a true "patient centered" approach to medicine... and Francesco's emphasis on a holistic, body/mind/spirit perspective on self care and preventative medicine, DoctorSaputo.com is a true East-meets-West approach to health education. DoctorSaputo.com offers a library of nearly 2,000 media files featuring Dr. Saputo, his wife Vicki Saputo, RN, Francesco, and an amazing array of health and wellness experts from around the world discussing information that is custom-delivered to you. This is made possible utilizing the WujiTech Environment software.

Another example of the new style of holistic wellness practice is One Circle Wellness:

 

Your Mind Has the Power to Heal

Introduction to Mindfulness - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Integrative Medicine is another term for behavioral medicine, mind-body medicine, and energy medicine. Health is not a sole characteristic of the mind or the body; it's the combination of both. The mind, body, and behavior must be considered in the treatment of illness. This audio book describes the mind-body practice of meditation in great detail: What it is, how it works, and how to do it.

We are not victims of our heredity. People are limited by their perceptions and beliefs of the world that they live in. Listen to Dr. Wayne Dyer and Dr. Bruce Lipton discuss how people can heal themselves.

 

In a seven part YouTube series called Biology of Perception Dr. Lipton explains how perception affects cells at the molecular level.

Bruce Lipton - The Power of Consciousness (video 50:57) . Changing your response to the environment in which you live controls your genes and health.

What's Missing from Western Medicine: The Power of the Mind What distinguishes Western medicine from all other healing traditions on the planet are several key concepts: the separation of mind and body, and the notion that all of nature can be explained via a materialistic world view. On the other hand, every single non-Western healing tradition recognizes the inextricable link between psyche and soma. “Dis-ease” is not limited to the physical body; thoughts and emotions are causative factors. And healing necessitates addressing these elements of our being. Getting well is not just about fixing the physical body.

Also see Epigenetics, Psychoneuroimmunology, and Qigong.

The Placebo Effect: Can Your Thoughts Affect Your Health

Emotions, thoughts, and health are related. The Placebo Effect is real. Placebo is the brain's ability to help us heal. "Science has recognized that at least one-third of all healings including drugs, and surgery, and other allopathic interventions, one third of all healings has nothing to do with the process but has to do with the Placebo Effect." Dr. Bruce Lipton.

"The Placebo Effect is really another way of talking about the body's self healing capacity and anything that unleashes more of that is going to be a better system." Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.

View a preview of The Living Matrix (video 3:08) , a film on the science of healing. Listen to explanations of recent medical research that will transform your understanding of how to get well and stay well.

Placebo Effects of Different Therapies Not Identical. Not all placebos are equal, and patients who respond to one placebo don't always respond to others.

pubmed logoThe placebo effect and its ramifications for clinical practice and research. There are many remaining knowledge gaps with regard to the placebo response. The evolving knowledge challenges the paradigm of the placebo controlled RCT as a gold standard for demonstrating benefit of treatments. There are a number of pointers towards alternative research designs and paradigms worthy of further exploration. The evolving knowledge can contribute to the further development of a 'meaning orientated' and patient centered healthcare system.

Fake Knee Surgery as Good as Real Procedure, Study Finds. A fake surgical procedure is just as good as real surgery at reducing pain and other symptoms in some patients suffering from torn knee cartilage, according to a new study that is likely to fuel debate over one of the most common orthopedic operations. This is at least the second such study on knee surgery.

Study Sheds Light on the Placebo Effect of Medical Encounters. National Institutes of Health. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Harvard Medical School researchers have found that a medical encounter—a patient’s visit to a provider—may produce its own placebo effects that can bring about significant symptom improvement. The part of the encounter that plays the greatest role in the placebo effect appears to be the physician-patient relationship.

Mind-body Practices to Lose Weight

WebMD advocates mind-body practices as a key alternative approach to weight-loss. The foundation of optimal health will always be eating right and exercising. But there is a "third part, the mind-body aspect, you need to make sure you're not missing out on," says Wendy Kohatsu, MD, an integrative medicine specialist and assistant clinical professor of family and clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

The Western Medical Model is Inadequate for the Practice of General Medicine

The Qigong Institute Commentary on “Mind-Body and Relaxation Research Focus” collection by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (www.novapublishers.com) discusses the fundamental problems with the current western medical model and suggests initiatives for researching and promoting Qigong as a primary health modality.

The Biopsychosocial Model

Wikipedia, Biopsychosocial model: The biopsychosocial model (abbreviated "BPS") is a general model or approach that posits that biological, psychological (which entails thoughts, emotions, and behaviors), and social factors, all play a significant role in human functioning in the context of disease or illness. Indeed, health is best understood in terms of a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors rather than purely in biological terms. This is in contrast to the traditional, reductionist biomedical model of medicine that suggests every disease process can be explained in terms of an underlying deviation from normal function such as a pathogen, genetic or developmental abnormality, or injury.

Mind-Body Medicine: State of the Science, Implications for Practice. "Although emerging evidence during the past several decades suggests that psychosocial factors can directly influence both physiologic function and health outcomes, medicine has failed to move beyond the biomedical model, in part because of lack of exposure to the evidence base supporting the biopsychosocial model... there is considerable evidence of efficacy for several mind-body therapies in the treatment of coronary artery disease (eg, cardiac rehabilitation), headaches, insomnia, incontinence, chronic low back pain, disease and treatment-related symptoms of cancer, and improving postsurgical outcomes. We found moderate evidence of efficacy for mind-body therapies in the areas of hypertension and arthritis."

pubmed logoDuke researchers declare that interest in the use of psychosocial interventions to help older adults manage pain is growing.

Non-pharmacological interventions and neuroplasticity in early stage Alzheimer's disease. Non-pharmacological interventions have the potential to reduce cognitive decline and to improve psychosocial aspects in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's dementia, and the absence of side effects makes them a favorable option also for preventive strategies.

Is it possible to bridge the Biopsychosocial and Biomedical models? The author writes: To some of us it is obvious that biological, psychological and social factors are in reality integrated and that biopsychosocial medicine seeks to elucidate this reality. The biomedical, organ-based perspective focuses on disease mechanisms and assumes that the psychological and social are not essential to understanding and treating patients, although humanism in patient care is of course endorsed. Bridging these perspectives is important because the biomedical is the predominant model adopted by those who decide how to allocate health care dollars in the United States and many other countries. This in turn determines what clinical care is provided at the bedside.

Preventative Medicine and Self-Healing Through Mind-Body Practices -- An Ancient Chinese Solution to the Contemporary Crisis in Healthcare

IIQTC logo"Chinese medicine is wellness based and its benefits are accomplished through functional enhancement. When a body heals any part, the whole participates. Only in the Western world do we, because medicine is pathology based and potentially dangerous, believe it is critical to attack specific pathogens or remove a particular diseased part very specifically. In the more primitive systems of medicine where the paradigm is based on healing by maximizing the function of the whole being on every level, it is well known that the whole body works together to resolve pain and heal disease. In the more whole person paradigm, the idea of treating a part or process pales next to the profound idea that, integrally, any part can only be transformed with the support of healing components, factors and processes that happen throughout the whole system." Dr. Roger Jahnke, Founder and Director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.

Chinese Wellness Based Healthcare System: An Inspiring Solution To Health & Economic Crisis in America. There are many ways to turn on (activate, create, maximize) the internal medicine. By enhancing wellbeing and function – disease is neutralized (healed) or even better, disease is prevented. These methods were fully described in the ancient yet practical tradition of Chinese Medicine. Dr. Roger Jahnke.


An interview with Dr. Roger Jahnke: The Power of Mind-Body Medicine to Transform the Delivery of Health Care. (9:22)

"Conventional medical science has been so busy creating new technologies for treating disease that we have forgotten about caring for health. In the West we incorrectly believe that health care and medicine are the same thing. While we in the West have a truly fantastic, though very expensive, system based on treating people after they are sick, China has a profoundly remarkable and quite inexpensive system of health care based on keeping people well." Dr. Roger Jahnke.

Cultivating Qi and Activating the Healer Within. An Interview with Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.

What would healthcare look like if Qigong was adopted more widely (scroll down to page 31)? Because Qigong introduces the concept of self-healing and mind-body integration into health care and daily life, it has the potential to change people’s general lifestyles and philosophies of health and healing. The term “Qigong” sounds very Chinese, but the practice of mind-body-breathing exercises that have been called Qigong in China can be found in many different cultures. As you will see in the book, meditation, yoga, Reiki, Taiji quan, deep breathing and guided imagery are all described thoroughly in ancient Qigong literature, and all mind-body or energy practitioners can work under the same theory and principles to promote a similar healing philosophy: self-healing, cultivating the mind or spirit, and achieving mind-body-spirit harmony or balance through practice.

How To Be More Well, Reduce Medical Costs & Help Pay Off the National Debt.

Preventative Medicine - The Cure for the Health Care Crisis

Townsend Letter magazine coverUnited States health care costs stem from an over-dependence on high-tech allopathic medicine and pharmaceuticals that treat symptoms; the bureaucracy and paper work of dealing with numerous insurance companies; the threat of malpractice lawsuits; and greed. The current US health care system is set up to make profits for investors rather than to heal… [we] must accept responsibility for our health by making health-promoting choices daily and seeking true preventative care that assists the body's innate healing ability. Therapies other than drugs and surgery need to be available through Medicare and insurance plans… The current system in the US depends upon sickness and high-tech solutions in order to make a profit. Our very economy is dependent upon the health care industry as it now stands. A November 2006 article in BusinessWeekOnline says that '…health care has become the main American job program for the 21st century, replacing, at least for the moment, all the other industries that are vanishing from the landscape.' " Robert J. Zieve, MD in The Townsend Letter (www.townsendletter.com) - February/March 2007. In his book Beyond the Medical Meltdown , Zieve discusses the factors contributing to the high cost of US health care.

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The authors describe myths about the health-care system that conceal the real problems and emphasize the failure to promote preventive care: "[the] reimbursement system often penalizes appropriate care by underpaying for essential preventive care services. Providers get paid much more for treating more serious and expensive medical problems than they do for effective preventive medicine." They also confirm the lack of evidence to support many standard medical practices and prescriptions.

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - YouTube Trailer (4:01) This documentary tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: what can be done to save our broken healthcare system? The film examines the powerful forces trying to maintain the status quo in a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. Escape Fire shows how our healthcare system is wasting trillions of dollars by over using drug and surgical solutions, while profoundly under using mind-body wholistic health options.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Endorses Qigong and Tai Chi

American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Quantity and quality of exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, and neuromotor fitness in apparently healthy adults: guidance for prescribing exerciselogo. A program of regular exercise that includes cardiorespiratory, resistance, flexibility, and neuromotor exercise training beyond activities of daily living to improve and maintain physical fitness and health is essential for most adults....Neuromotor exercise training, sometimes called functional fitness training, incorporates motor skills such as balance, coordination, gait, and agility, and proprioceptive training. Multifaceted physical activities such as tai ji (tai chi), qigong, and yoga involve varying combinations of neuromotor exercise, resistance exercise, and flexibility exercise. Neuromotor exercise training is beneficial as part of a comprehensive exercise program for older persons, especially to improve balance, agility, muscle strength, and reduce the risk of falls.

Also see this summary of the benefits of neuromotor exercise training: Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, and Neuromotor Fitness in Apparently Healthy Adults.

Integrative Medicine in Universities and Research Institutions

The Stanford Center for Integrative MedicineStanford Hospital and Clinic logo offers clinical services which include Medical Qigong and Medical Acupuncture .

Some universities have taken the lead in educating medical students, the public, and health care professionals on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies, including Qigong. A few innovative examples are Georgetown University Medical Center which has a Science-Based Master's Program in CAM. In addition, the University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine focuses on the body's own healing mechanisms, and the University of Illinois Kinesiology and Community Health Department has innovative programs which include research on the benefits of Tai Chi, especially for the elderly. The Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center focuses on complementary and integrative medicine through research, delivery of educational programs to the public and medical community as well as sustainable models of care delivery. The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital is dedicated to the study and clinical practice of mind-body medicine. Likewise, the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (CFM) was founded in 1995 to bring stress reduction techniques to a wide audience through its respected Stress Reduction Program. The Mayo Clinic recommends Tai Chi for stress reduction ( Tai Chi: Stress reduction, balance, agility and more ) while the Arthritis Foundation recommends Tai Chi for easing arthritis symptoms. The Mayo Clinic includes Tai Chi and Qigong (the meditation, spirituality, and guided imagery aspects of Qigong) in the Mayo Clinic's Top 10 Complementary Therapies.

Looking East for Health and a Career: "77 percent of medical students believe that patients whose doctors are knowledgeable about complementary and alternative medicine benefit more than those whose doctors are trained only in Western medicine." Five Branches University Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

For a more comprehensive list of mainstream medical schools that are integrating CAM into their curriculum and offering CAM therapies, see The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.

NCCAM Establishes Integrative Medicine Consulting Center The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has established an Integrative Medicine Consult Service at the National Institutes of Health ( NIH ) Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital devoted to research. This service will provide physicians, nurses, and other members of the Clinical Cnete health care team the ability to discuss complementary and alternative medicine ( CAM ) therapies with knowledgeable medical staff from the consult service and learn how various CAM practices might complement or interact with a patient's care as a research participant at the Clinical Center. Press Release . Also see: United States Government and Qigong.

Energy Psychology

Psychotherapy and Qigong

Energy Psychology book coverPsychologist Michael Mayer discusses the effectiveness of Medical Qigong for a range of conditions, especially some chronic illnesses that are not being treated effectively by western medicine. Watch a preview of his talk or read Body Mind Healing Psychotherapy: Ancient Pathways to Modern Health which has received strong endorsements from top leaders in mind-body medicine, and a very positive review from one of the most respected psychology journals, PsycCritiques. To see the contributions the book makes to psychotherapy, behavioral healthcare, energy psychology, and Qigong click on the contributions link or view the Table of Contents.

Listen to podcasts on Qigong and Psychotherapy. Also see the Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care which discusses CAM in mental health care.

For more in-depth information on the incorporation of Qigong and related Energy Medicine therapies in clinical psychology see Energy Psychology: Self-Healing Practices for Bodymind Health by Dr. Mayer.

pubmedTherapists found to be more effective by engaging in a mindfulness centering exercise 5 minutes before a therapy session.

Psychotherapy and Acupoint Tapping

energy psychology book coverAs Dr. David Feinstein summarizes his highly effective approach to energy psychology in Rapid Treatment of PTSD: Why Psychological Exposure with Acupoint Tapping May Be Effective, "Combining brief psychological exposure with the manual stimulation of acupuncture points (acupoints) in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional conditions is an intervention strategy that integrates established clinical principles with methods derived from healing traditions of Eastern cultures." Dr. Feinstein has written a number of introductory articles on energy psychology which include an overview of the field, case studies, brief history, how it changes gene expression, concepts and procedures, and more.

"Energy psychology is a clinical and self-help modality that combines verbal and physical procedures for effecting therapeutic change. While utilizing established clinical methods such as exposure and cognitive restructuring, the approach also incorporates concepts and techniques from non-Western healing systems. Its most frequently utilized protocols combine the stimulation of acupuncture points (by tapping on, holding, or massaging them) with the mental activation of a targeted psychological issue." David Feinstein Ph.D.

Dr. Feinstein has published a number of Energy Psychology articles explaining the scientific basis of Energy Psychology and how it has been found effective for PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and other Psychological Symptoms.

Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

Formed in 1999, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) is a US Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Publicly Supported Foundation of approximately 1,300 licensed mental health professionals and allied health practitioners around the world. ACEP members are dedicated to exploring, developing, researching and applying energy psychology methods to alleviate human suffering, enhance human performance and access human potential.

The New Science of Energy Psychology

pubmedNeuropsychoanalysis and Ecopsychoanalysis. The author argues that psychoanalysis still largely remains not only a "psychology without biology," which neuropsychoanalysis seeks to remedy, but also a "psychology without ecology."

pubmedEscaping the behavioural 'spin' of evidence-based psychiatry: a new ontology of truth. Merleau-Ponty's ontology rejects causality and mind/body duality, and views 'truth' as the expression of our deepest embodied feeling and perception of the world, which establishes all our thinking, and on which all our thinking relies, including 'scientific' thinking.

pubmedDecentering" helps people deal with chronic pain. Acceptance and mindfulness-based treatments for chronic pain attempt to alter the impact of pain-related thoughts and feelings on behavior without necessarily changing the thoughts and feelings themselves. A process called "decentering" appears relevant to these treatments because it includes the capacity to observe thoughts and feelings from a detached perspective, as transient events in the mind, that do not necessarily reflect reality or the self. People with chronic pain may benefit from the capacity to contact their thoughts and feelings from a perspective as a "separate observer," to see them as transient, and to experience them as cognitively "defused."

Integrative Mental Health Care

The Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care is a new book on integrative approaches including Qigong in mental health care that provides a comprehensive resource on the theory and clinical practice of integrative mental health care. The book presents a framework for psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, and CAM practitioners who wish to learn about the conceptual foundations of integrative medicine and examine the evidence for non-conventional and integrative approaches used to assess and treat common mental health problems.

pubmed Teaching all the evidence bases: reintegrating psychodynamic aspects of prescribing into psychopharmacology training. The authors argue that Psychiatry is poised for a paradigm shift which incorporates the evidence base that pharmacologic treatment outcomes are as dependent on psychological and interpersonal factors as on medical ones. Modern psychiatric education and training programs need to recognize the importance of the psychology of psychopharmacology.

Non-pharmacological mental healthcare treatments have been proven effective, but they still aren't being prescribed. Over the last 30 years, treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy have been shown to be effective for ailments ranging from anxiety and depression to PTSD and eating disorder, but surprisingly few patients actually get these evidence-based treatments from their psychiatrists.

Earthing - The Medical Benefits of Direct Contact with the Earth

pubmed Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons. Emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. The research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness. Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth's electrons from the ground into the body.


Dr. James Oschman Discusses Earthing or Grounding (1:14:50)

Chronic inflammation is related to all disease processes and its effects become even more problematic as people age. Free radicals are main contributors to inflammation. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, leading to healing and better health. Most people believe that the way to get free radicals is to ingest them, in the form of herbs, dietary supplements, fish oil, or vegetables. However, recent scientific research has discovered that the most effective antioxidants are electrons, and the easiest and most effective way to get them is as simple as coming into barefoot contact with the earth.

Homeopathy

Recent advances in homeopathic research indicate that nanoparticles provide a mechanism for the effect of homeopathic remedies.

pubmed Adaptive network nanomedicine: an integrated model for homeopathic medicine. Researchers propose that the action of nanoparticles provides a model for the mechanism of homeopathy.

pubmed Like cures like: A neuroimmunological model based on electromagnetic resonance. The main cause of the therapeutic effects of homeopathic remedies is the occurrence of resonance between the non-physiological electromagnetic (EM) waves of the patient and extremely low-frequency EM waves produced by nanostructures present in the homeopathic remedy.

pubmed A model for homeopathic remedy effects: low dose nanoparticles, allostatic cross-adaptation, and time-dependent sensitization in a complex adaptive system. Homeopathic remedies are proposed as source nanoparticles that mobilize hormesis and time-dependent sensitization via non-pharmacological effects on specific biological adaptive and amplification mechanisms.

pubmed Homeopathic potentization based on nanoscale domains. This study presents a simple descriptive and quantitative model of how high potencies in homeopathy arise.

pubmedAdvances in Integrative Nanomedicine for Improving Infectious Disease Treatment in Public Health. Homeopathy is being increasingly recognized as a major form of the emerging science of nanomedicine. Infectious diseases present public health challenges worldwide. An emerging integrative approach to treating infectious diseases is using nanoparticle forms of traditional and alternative medicines. Advantages of nanomedicine delivery methods include better disease targeting, especially for intracellular pathogens, ability to cross membranes and enter cells, longer duration drug action, reduced side effects, and cost savings from lower doses.

Integrative Veterinary Medicine

integrative medicine clinicThe Integrative Veterinary Medicine clinic integrates the ancient wisdom, art and science of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with the most up to date science of Western Veterinary Medicine (WVM). A holistic viewpoint is utilized to assess the entire mind and body of the animal.

Acupuncture now healing pets.

Lakewood Veterinarians Praise the Healing Effects of Pet Acupuncture.

Also see Shockwave Therapy.

Guidelines for Selecting Qigong Healers in the Scientific Research of Qigong

In the view of the fact that there is no recognized certificate or licensing system for Qigong healers or Qigong masters in the U.S., nor in China, the Qigong Institute has developed the following guidelines to help research scientists who are interested in Qigong research to select the appropriate Qigong healers or masters in their scientific exploration of Qigong. In general, a good Qigong healer or master should meet at least three of the following seven criteria:

1. A specially invited member or director of the Chinese Society of Qigong Science (about 1000+ of such members existing in China who have been officially evaluated by the Society).

2. A recorded history of scientific research (with published paper(s) or certified report(s)).

3. A member of the national or international professional Qigong organization(s).

4. A formal disciple of the traceable and renowned Qigong master or Qigong tradition, such as lineage holder or representative of a special form.

5. A solid medical training or background, and preferably belonging to some kind of national organization of medical practitioners.

6. Does not currently have any verifiable negative claim against him/her in the field.

7. Have an established Qigong healing practice in this country (Some may be visitors with similar qualifications in their home country).

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