Use of surface electromyogram to examine the effects of the infratonic QGM on electrical activity of muscles, a double-blind, placebo-controlled study

Author: Lee Richard H//Wang Xiaming
China Healthways Institute, 117 Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA
Conference/Journal: 2nd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1993
Other: Pages: 87 , Word Count: 337

Emitted qi from qigong doctors is a fascinating phenomenon and its study will provide an insight into qi and contribute to modern medicine. This phenomenon is difficult to study with scientific protocols in the clinical setting because of the problem of human involvement in the experiment. In the present study,and electroacoustical device that simulates the aspects of emitted qi (the Infratonic QGM) was used because it provides a much greater level of control than would a protocol that involves qigong doctors.

For many years Surface Electromyogram (SEMG) has proven to be a versatile tool in the evaluation of chronic pain syndromes and in the documentation of extent of injury and progress toward recovery.

A total of 57 subjects were tested. Subjects first filled out a demographic questionnaire, then proceeded to the testing room where their right shoulder was marked at the selected treatment point. The skin surrounding the mark was abraded with an alcohol wipe and SEMG was then measured.

Each patient was then treated for ten minutes by either the Infratonic QGM or by the placebo device. The treatment room administrator-was entirely unfamiliar with the QGM and had no idea which device was the real Infratonic QGM and which was the placebo device. Once the treatment was completed the subject returned to the testing room where the SEMG of the shoulder was retested as before.

Of the 57 test subjects, three left before completing the post test. Of the 51 test subjects for whom the data set was complete, 27 were in the placebo group and 27 in the Infratonic QGM test group. The data from SEMG readings of these two groups are as follows:

SEMG (Microvolts)

Before After % Change

Placebo 16.6±3.2 17.2±2.6 +3.6%

QGM 16.3±3.1 13.3±2.4 -18.4%

The SEMG readings for the subjects who were treated by the placebo device increased by 3.6% whereas the readings for the group treated with the Infratonic QGM decreased by 18.4%. There is a difference between the two groups of 22%. The observed decrease in SEMG indicates that an effect of the Infratonic QGM is to lower electrical activity of muscles.