Author: Yuan Zhifu
Affiliation: Family Acupuncture Center, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA 
Conference/Journal: 2nd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1993
Other: Pages: 144 , Word Count: 589
Many thousands of treatments are provided every month by doctors across America using a simulator of emitted qi. The results, while not as dramatic as those of the leading qigong masters in China, are none-the-less, consistently valuable to the recovery of a wide variety of patients. A study of these results reveals similarities and differences between the emitted qi from a master and that from the simulated qigong device. The device used was developed at the China National Institute of TV and Electro Acoustics and is marketed in the USA under the name 'Infratonic QGM.' Unlike the emitted qi from a master, simulated qi is consistent from machine to machine and from treatment to treatment. This allows us to analyze the observations of many doctors who use the device to draw conclusions as to how it varies from that of qigong masters and how it can be best used in a medical setting. The following is based on a survey of more than 100 doctors who use the simulator regularly in their practice. Conclusions are as follows:
1. Patients feel very relaxed after using the simulator, supporting the findings of Professor Liu Guolong as presented in the First World Conference for Academic Exchange of Medical Qigong (FWCAEMQG) which showed that, like the emitted qi, the simulated qi creates a state of enhanced alpha power spectrum in the EEG. Alpha is known to be related to deep relaxation and focused concentration.
2. Patients report that they obtain greater energy and clarity of thinking. Specific symptoms diagnosed as qi deficiency, such as difficult breathing and chronic bronchitis (deficient lung qi ) and nausea and diarrhea (deficient digestive qi ), were consistently relieved of these symptoms. This supports both the contention that qi can be transferred to patients and that the device simulates an aspect of the emitted qi.
3. Doctors consistently reported that the simulator softened muscles, facilitating the repositioning of vertebrae and deep muscle manipulation. They also reported that vertebrae repositioned in this way were more likely to remain correctly positioned. This is an example of neuromuscular reeducation and might be attributed to facilitation of nerve communication to the brain achieved by the simulated qi.
4. While there have been many reports of relief from pain and nausea in cancer patients, the simulator is usually used with other therapies, so no conclusions can be drawn as to its effectiveness. Thus the findings of Professor Feng Lida as reported in (FWCAEMQG) that simulated qi can be effective in treating leukemia in rats were not supported in this survey of clinical applications.
5. Patients suffering from chronic fatigue and opportunistic infection have consistently shown improvement using the simulator. This supports the results or Dr. Lu Yanfang, the inventor of the device, that antibody production was several times higher in rabbits treated with the simulator than in the control group.
Summary: While the magnitude of the improvements was generally less than reported by the famous qigong masters in China, there is a distinct shortage of masters in the USA, and thus, most Americans must settle for a lesser therapy. A second deficiency of the simulator is that it lacks diagnostic capabilities. While a qigong master can often pinpoint a disease and direct the emitted qi precisely as required for optimal healing, a simulation device is simply a tool. Despite its limitations, the simulator has an application in the USA because there is an acute shortage of qigong masters. Until programs are well on their way to train many doctors in medical qigong, patients will have to rely on the simulator.