Author: Omura Yoshiaki
Medical Research, Heart Disease Research Foundation, International College of Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics, New York, NY, USA 
Conference/Journal: 1st Int Cong of Qigong
Date published: 1990
Other: Pages: 129 , Word Count: 846
Since 1977, the author has witnessed the therapeutic effects of Qigong with many Qigong Masters in China & the U.S.A. In 1988, with the cooperation of the well-known Qigong master from Taiwan, Lin Tao, the author and his associates used Bi-Digital O-Ring Test to evaluate both the Qigong master and the patient while Qigong treatment was being given. During the Qigong state, certain normal parts of the Qigong master's body showed a minus response for Bi-Digital O-Ring Test. The minus response usually appears only when an abnormality exists, with the exception of the thymus gland. The most striking changes were found at CV.5 (Shi Men), CV.6 (Qi Hai), on a straight line between the nipples including CV.17 (Shan Zhong), CV.22 (Tian Tu), Yin Tang (midway between the eyebrows), GV.20 (Bai Hui), etc. and the entire Pericardium meridian and Triple Burner meridian and their corresponding acupuncture points, as well as the entire spinal cord, medulla oblongata, and various parts of the cerebral cortex. Similar changes were also found in the patient during the Qigong treatment. During the Qigong treatment, the alpha-wave of the EEG was markedly increased in both the Qigong master and patient. After discontinuing the Qigong treatment, these changes completely disappeared. the author was able to reproduce these findings experimentally, and has also successfully trained--in less than one week--two out of four children (8 to 14 years old) to reach a Qigong state. Qigong effect was also observed not only on the people in the same room where the patient is being treated with Qigong, but also on an individual in another room on the same floor or different floors of the same building when Qigong is directed at them.
When areas that are positive for bacteria or virus are treated with Qigong, often the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test response to specific bacteria or viruses disappears immediately. However, when the test is repeated about 3-4 hours after the Qigong treatment, the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test positive response to these pathogens reappears. In vitro experiments with bacterial cultures in petri dishes as well as measurements of the heat production by viruses have also shown that after about 5, 10, or 15 minutes of Qigong treatment the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test response to bacteria and viruses disappears, only to reappear about 3-4 hours later. No significant changes were seen 24 hours later in the total number of bacteria in cultures treated with Qigong as compared to control (non-Qigong treated) cultures. The micro-heat production curve of the virus with Qigong applied to it was not significantly different from untreated viral cultures. However, in some clinical cases, the author found that after repeated Qigong treatments, the viral response could not be found even after 2-5 weeks. Qigong often induces vasodilation of arteries in vasoconstriction. When specific meridians for specific internal organs and their corresponding acupuncture points are accurately localized using the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test imaging technique, neurotransmitters and hormones, unique to an internal organ, are found exactly on the meridians and acupuncture points. After Qigong is given at these acupuncture points, all of these neurotransmitters and hormones diffuse to produce a donut-shaped distribution as imaged by the O-Ring Test. This contrasts with a simple circular distribution of these same neurotransmitters and hormones after insertion of needles at the center of the acupuncture points. Both acupuncture and Qigong given at one acupuncture point on a specific meridian result in a release of neurotransmitters and hormones not only around the acupuncture point but also at distal acupuncture points on the same meridian, but the diameter of the distribution of these substances at distal points is less than the area treated. Because of the donut shaped distribution of neurotransmitters and hormones, in order to cover the painful area it is desirable to make a circular motion with the fingers when applying Qigong.
Up to now, evaluation of the external Qigong (Wei Gong) state usually required evaluating the patient before and after treatment. In 1989, the author succeeded in evaluating the presence and degree of the Qigong state as achieved by the Qigong master from the changes taking place in a sheet of paper or metal or other substance by the use of Bi-Digital O-Ring Test. This was accomplished by asking the Qigong master or practitioner to hold a sheet of paper or metal between his two palms and then apply Qigong. If the Qigong state is reached, the paper or metal develops a polarity which did not exist before, and one side of the paper makes the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test weak while the other side makes the O-Ring test strong. A sheet of paper or metal with Qigong applied to it in this way retains its polarization effect for long periods of time; however, this effect will disappear when a magnetic or electrical field is quickly and repeatedly passed over the paper or metal. The degree of this Qigong-induced polarity is well correlated with the clinical efficacy of the Qigong treatment, although this Qigong treated paper (or other substance) is not usually able to produce an equivalent therapeutic effect as the Qigong itself, but instead often results in a much lesser therapeutic effect.