Endocrine Changes during Qigong Therapy

Author: Higuchi Yuzo//Kotani Yasunori//Higuchi Hironobu//Minegishi Yukiko
Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo, Japan)//College of Tohoku Medical Technology (Sendai, Japan)//Kokushikan University (Tokyo, Japan)//Momose Hospital (Ohme, Japan)
Conference/Journal: J Intl Soc Life Info Science
Date published: 1999
Other: Volume ID: 17 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 83-86 , Word Count: 146

Qigong therapy is now seen widely as a popular remedy in Japan, but the value of qigong therapy is not settled. Three qigong masters using a high level of qigong therapy participated in this experiment. The changes occurring in the levels of cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, and beta-endolphin in venous blood before and after a 40-minute qigong therapy were measured. Each qigong master-to-patient correspondence and the difference in ability of each qigong master were investigated. In the case of qigong master A who used his own internal qi, the levels of all parameters increased immediately after qigong therapy, but they decreased in his patient. By contrast, qigong masters B and C did not use internal qi, and the levels of many parameters decreased for them and their patients. It was considered that the patients were relaxed, and their sympathetic nerve activity declined during the qigong therapy.