Author: Gao Qizhi 1//Phipps Kellyr R 2
Integrative Body Works, Inc., 550 N Hillside, Wichita, KS 67214, USA. , Center for Sports Medicine, 2212 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67214 
Conference/Journal: 3rd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1996
Other: Pages: 144 , Special Notes: Some tables are only in Chinese abstracts. , Word Count: 330
One of the most elusive principles of Qigong is quantifying Qi as a vital force. Scientific methods are just beginning to define its nature objectively supporting what has been experienced very profoundly on a more personal, subjective level. From the broadest viewpoint, everything is a form of energy. Body energy has an anatomy and physiology uniquely its own separate from the physical body. Despite the basic difference of air and food in terms of vibratory function and complexity, there is a homeostatic relationship between them in which one acts as a back-up system for the other.
Based on these principles, twelve subjects, two males and ten females, mean age was thirty-seven years with a range of twenty-four to fifty-six years, participated in a fourteen day program for weight loss. Subjects were initially taught three different Qigong exercises; one to control appetite, one to increase energy level and one that would both reduce the level of hunger and increase overall energy level. These exercises facilitated the body switching its primary nutrient source from food to Qi. Each subject was encouraged to eat and drink only what the body required.
At the conclusion of the two week study, there was a significant mean weight loss of 11.2 pounds (5.06 Kg)(p<0.001); mean weight loss per day was 0.9 pounds (0.41 Kg). Energy levels gradually increased over the two week period with a concomitant reduction of hunger. Food consumption was rated on a six point scale with a six representing three complete meals. Mean food consumption was rated under two for all days except Day 3 and Day 11. All subjects returned to normal eating habits within three days of terminating the exercise.
There was a significant increase in energy levels post exercise for nine of the 13 days (6.7%). Hunger levels were significantly reduced ten of thirteen days (77%). Blood pressure did not significantly change between pre and post measures.
Qigong was proven to be an effective means of weight loss in a safe, controlled manner, with minimal side effects.