PROMOTING QIGONG AND ENERGY MEDICINE THROUGH RESEARCH & EDUCATION

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The Qigong Institute - Qigong Research and Education since 1984

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 "The founding of the Qigong Institute was a natural outgrowth of my interest in Qigong. The goal of the Qigong Institute is to promote the scientific understanding of the basis of Qigong" Dr. Ken Sancier (1920 - 2013).

The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™

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The database originated in the1980's as a means to catalog the vast amount of information Founder Dr. Kenneth Sancier obtained from international conferences. As of 2021, the Database contained over 16000 abstractsSearch the Database.

What is Qigong?

Qigong is a "mind-body" wellness practice integrating exercise, movement, posture, breathing, and awareness in a new category of exercise called Meditative Movement which is defined by (a) some form of movement or body positioning, (b) a focus on breathing, and (c) a cleared or calm state of mind with a goal of (d) deep states of relaxation. Introduction to Qigong.

Qigong practice stimulates the vagus nerve. If There Was Ever a Time to Activate Your Vagus Nerve, It Is NowFour simple steps to return to a ‘rest and digest’ state.

An Introduction to the Practice of Qigong

 

Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher Henderson Smith

Qigong for the Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation of COVID-19 Infection in Older Adults

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Qigong has the potential to play a role in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of respiratory infections, such as COVID-19. Potential mechanisms of action include stress reduction, emotion regulation, strengthening of respiratory muscles, reduction of inflammation, and enhanced immune function.  [PMCID: PMC7227578].

 

Deep Breathing Could Help You Recover From Covid-19

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"One incredibly useful practice that may prove therapeutic for recovering Covid-19 patients is Qigong... Like yoga or tai chi, it is a practice of synchronizing breath with movement. Qigong translates to “life energy mastery” and includes exercise, movement of qi ( energy), and improved blood and lymphatic flow. Research suggests that Qigong improves health by decreasing stress, reducing inflammation, strengthening respiratory muscles, increasing lung capacity, and improving immune function. Each of these mechanisms can help restore lung function after Covid-19 infection."
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Mindfulness with paced breathing and lowering blood pressure 

Mindfulness with paced breathing is fundamental to Qigong. Paced breathing stimulates the vagus nerve and parasympathetic nervous system, which reduce stress chemicals in the brain and increase vascular relaxation that lead to lowering of blood pressure and stress. Qigong Institute founder Dr. Ken Sancier reported on Qigong's beneficial effects for blood pressure in his landmark paper Anti Aging Benefits of Qigong in 1996. Papers published since then have confirmed Qigong's use in lowering hypertension and stress. [Read Article].

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Coronoavirus Free Breathing Exercises by Patrick McKeown

Practical 40 minute free breathing session with Patrick McKeown to improve respiratory health.

Harvard Medical School Endorses Qigong

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Tai chi is often described as 'meditation in motion,' but it might well be called 'medication in motion.' MORE.

American College of Sports Medicine Endorses Qigong and Tai Chi

Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, and Neuromotor Fitness in Apparently Healthy Adults Guidance for Prescribing Exercise

american college of sports medicineMultifaceted 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.  MORE.

Qigong for Cubicles and Corporations

cubiclesStress in the workplace is is the second-most disabling illness for workers, with an annual price tag of more than $300 billion in lost work time, health care costs, and stress reduction. MORE.

Do Qigong NOW

Dr. Roger Jahnke
Sitting Qigong

Why Everyone Should Practice Qigong

The Top 7 Benefits of  Qigong

Qigong Mind-Body Exercise as a Biopsychosocial Therapy for Persistent Post-Surgical Pain in Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study

QMBE is a safe and gentle multimodal intervention that shows promise in conferring a broad range of psychosocial and physical benefits [PMCID: PMC7050958].

Qigong practice includes biomedical, social, and psychological aspects of health that are described by institutions such as the U.S. Veteran’s Administration as “whole person health,” and are delivered by a biopsychosocial model of medicine. Biopsychosocial medical practices and therapies integrate physiological, cognitive, emotional, and social input with neurophysiological mechanisms.

Which Comes First: Bioenergy or Biochemistry?

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See Bioenergetics

The fundamental principle of Western medical science has been that the basis of life is biological. However, each cell in the body can generate and receive different forms of energy -- heat, light, sound, vibration, magnetism, and electricity. Historically, these different types of bioenergy phenomena have been treated as byproducts of normal cellular function instead of being recognized as intrinsic to the function.

The Meaning and Origins of Tai Chi

 

 

 

Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD and Founder of The Institute of Integral Qigong & Tai Chi explains the meaning and origins of Tai Chi, Qigong, and Kung Fu.

The History of Qigong

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Although the practices that are today called 'Qigong' are millennia old, the term 'Qigong' was coined in the mid-20th Century.

Qi Journal. Autumn 2013.

 

More information on the history of Qigong (also called "Dao Yin") can be found in Dao Yin (a.k.a. Qigong): Origin, Development, Potential Mechanisms, and Clinical Applications [PMCID: PMC6854271].

Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits

Meditation is one of the four fundamental components of Qigong along with movement/postureself-massage, and breathing. Qigong (and it's most popular moving form, Tai Chi) is an ancient practice which belongs to new category of exercise called "meditative movement". Meditation in combination with breathing and slow, gentle movements (although there are many forms of Qigong that do not involve movement) affects humans physically and psychologically through relaxation techniques which reduce stress through modulation of the autonomic nervous systemMORE.

Fundamentals of Qigong Practice

 

Qigong combines exercise with focused movement, breathing, and meditation. Doing repetitions is not the focus - it is conscious application of the three intentful corrections - lengthen the spine,deepen the breath, clear the mind or visualize healing. MORE.

Governmental and Non-Governmental Regulation and Standardization of Qigong and Tai Chi

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Profiles in Qigong

Francesco Garripoli - Dreaming Awake

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A collection of Qigong guided meditations and concepts.

Brian Trzaskos - Institute for Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi

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Reconnecting the healing arts with physical rehabilitation.

Roger Jahnke - Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi

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Become a certified Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher.

Shifu Michael Rinaldini - Dragon Gate Daoist Qigong

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Qigong in Daoist philosophical and and religious practice.

Henderson Smith - Living Well Therapies

Living Well Therapies

Worksite, community, and individual wellness.

Simon Blow - Simon Blow Qigong

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SImon Blow Qigong, Wild Goose Qigong.

Francesco Garripoli - Qigong Wellness and Healing Study Trips

Qigong Trips to deepen your practice at power spots in Asia, Africa, and more.

Jessica Kolbe - Community Television Qigong

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Qigong with Jessica Kolbe is now airing on TVSB.

Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century

This is a short clip from Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century, created by Qigong Institute Chairman of the Board Francesco Garripoli. It was the first Qigong documentary to be shown on PBS, starting in 1999.

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The full documentary is on Garripoli's Qigong beginning practice DVD which can be obtained via the Qigong Institute Store.