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Two new research studies, one by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, have found that external qigong can help patients' chronic pain. The external qigong treatments were provided by Chunyi Lin. A brief synopsis of each study is below.

External Qigong for Chronic Pain,
Results from a peer-reviewed, randomized, controlled, clinical study
Ann Vincent, Brent A. Bauer, et al Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Jamia Hill, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota


"Chronic pain is highly prevalent in the general population. Adequate clinical management of chronic pain is an ongoing challenge and a purely pharmaceutical approach has proven inadequate. We investigated the efficacy of external qigong [Spring Forest Qigong technique] as an adjunctive treatment for chronic pain."


"Subjects with chronic pain who received external qigong experienced reduction in pain intensity following each qigong treatment. This is especially impressive given the long duration of pain (>5 years) in the most of the participants," writes lead author Ann Vincent, MD, MBBS, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

The "External Qigong for Chronic Pain" study* by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic is published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 38, No. 4, 695-703. Read the study abstract on the AJCM website.
2010 World Scientific Publishing Company
Institute for Advanced Research in Asian Science and Medicine

*The research findings should not be construed as an endorsement of external qigong or Spring Forest Qigong by the University of Minnesota or the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic does not make such endorsements. The research findings speak for themselves.

Utilizing Spring Forest Qigong as a Self-Directed Treatment for Chronic Pain & Emotional Distress*
Jane F. Coleman, R.N., PhD
Professor Emerita, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

Study Findings:

There was a significant decrease in the perception of physical pain and emotional distress for the majority of participants during the study timeframe.  Also, symptom variables (sleep, concentration, decision-making, appetite, loss of interest) improved in the majority of subjects.


Both the active exercise and meditative aspects of Spring Forest Qigong proved to be effective self-care modalities for persons with perceived chronic physical pain and/or emotional distress. Subjects demonstrated significant improvement both anecdotally and statistically during the study period.

*Dr. Coleman's study has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Holistic Nursing.

Spring Forest Qigong has been found effective in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder:

Spring Forest Qigong Depression Study

 Medical Research Abstracts

Related to Qigong 

The main source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez & Gogole Scholar
List compiled by Karel Nespor, MD, PhD

Impact of medical Qigong on quality of life, fatigue, mood and inflammation in cancer patients: a randomized controlled trial.
Ann Oncol. 2010 Mar;21(3):608-14. Epub 2009 Oct 30.
Oh B, Butow P, Mullan B, Clarke S, Beale P, Pavlakis N, Kothe E, Lam L, Rosenthal D.
Department of Medicine, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, University of Sydney, Concord, New South Wales, Australia. bsoh@med.usyd.edu.au
BACKGROUND: Substantial numbers of cancer patients use complementary medicine therapies, even without a supportive evidence base. This study aimed to evaluate in a randomized controlled trial, the use of Medical Qigong (MQ) compared with usual care to improve the quality of life (QOL) of cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and sixty-two patients with a range of cancers were recruited. QOL and fatigue were measured by Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General and Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Fatigue, respectively, and mood status by Profile of Mood State. The inflammatory marker serum C-reactive protein (CRP) was monitored serially. RESULTS: Regression analysis indicated that the MQ group significantly improved overall QOL (t(144) = -5.761, P < 0.001), fatigue (t(153) = -5.621, P < 0.001), mood disturbance (t(122) =2.346, P = 0.021) and inflammation (CRP) (t(99) = 2.042, P < 0.044) compared with usual care after controlling for baseline variables. CONCLUSIONS: This study indicates that MQ can improve cancer patients' overall QOL and mood status and reduce specific side-effects of treatment. It may also produce physical benefits in the long term through reduced inflammation.

Effects of Qigong on Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes. A randomized controlled pilot study
Guan-Cheng Sun, PHD, Jennifer C. Lovejoy, PHD, Sara Gillham, BA, Amy Putiri, MS, Masa Sasagawa, ND and Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH
From the Bastyr University Research Institute, Kenmore, Washington. Corresponding author: Guan-Cheng Sun, gsun@bastyr.edu.
Qigong is a traditional Chinese energy medicine practice combining breathing, movement, and meditation. Although previous studies suggest that Qigong may be a beneficial adjunct treatment for individuals with type 2 diabetes (13), few randomized controlled trials of Qigong in patients with type 2 diabetes have been performed. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of Qigong relative to physical exercise or standard care on glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Two hundred fifty-one potential subjects were phone screened, 46 individuals were further evaluated at Bastyr University, and 32 eligible participants enrolled in the study. Age- and sex-matched participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: group 1 (n = 11) received the Qigong intervention, group 2 (n = 10) served as the control group, and group 3 (n = 11) received the progressive resistance training (PRT) intervention as an active comparator. The mean age of the participants was 56.3 8.1 years. Participants in all three groups were asked to maintain their conventional diabetes care, including medications, diet, and exercise, during the study. All participants were taking oral diabetes medication; however, none were taking insulin. Participants attended weekly Qigong or PRT group sessions (60 min per week) conducted by certified instructors in addition to practicing twice a week at home for 30 min per session. The study protocol was approved by Bastyr University Institutional Review Board, and informed consent was obtained from all participants.
Fasting plasma glucose, insulin, and A1C were measured before and after the 12-week intervention. Insulin resistance was estimated using the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) index score based on fasting glucose and insulin values before and after the intervention (4). Statistically significant reductions in plasma glucose levels were observed in the Qigong group (184.9 35.3 vs. 161.9 40.5 mg/dl, P = 0.003 by paired t test). All participants in this group showed a reduction in fasting glucose by the end of the intervention relative to their starting value. In contrast, both the PRT group and the control group increased plasma glucose levels over time (143.8 35.0 vs. 154.0 44.7 and 156.4 36.6 vs. 168.4 49.1 mg/dl, respectively; not significant [NS]). Fasting glucose of the Qigong group significantly improved compared with that of the PRT group and the control group (P < 0.003 and P < 0.001, respectively, by one-way ANOVA). A1C remained unchanged in the control group during the intervention (7.9 0.8 vs. 7.9 1.6%) but declined slightly in both the PRT group (8.6 1.2 vs. 7.9 1.6, NS) and the Qigong group (8.8 1.1 vs. 8.1 1.3, NS). Fasting plasma insulin levels increased slightly in both the PRT group (24.3 28.8 vs. 30.2 39.9, NS) and the control group (12.6 4.6 vs. 20.1 10, P = 0.08) but remained unchanged during the intervention in the Qigong group (13.3 6.2 vs. 13.4 5.7, NS). Although differences were not statistically significant, HOMA-IR scores shifted favorably in the Qigong group (5.3 2.3 vs. 4.7 2.2) and unfavorably in both the PRT group (6.60 6.00 vs. 8.91 9.55) and the control group (4.48 2.30 vs. 7.51 4.21, P = 0.06).
Qigong therapy for 12 weeks resulted in significant reductions in fasting glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes and demonstrated trends toward improvement in insulin resistance and A1C. These results suggest that Qigong may be an effective complementary therapy for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Tsujiuchi T, Kumano H, Yoshiuchi K, He D, Tsujiuchi Y, Kuboki T, Suematsu H, Hirao K: The effect of Qi-gong relaxation exercise on the control of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care 2002; 25: 241 242
Xin L, Miller YD, Brown WJ: A qualitative review of the role of qigong in the management of diabetes. J Altern Complement Med 2007; 13: 427 433.
Lee MS, Chen KW, Choi TY, Ernst E: Qigong for type 2 diabetes care: a systematic review. Complement Ther Med 2009; 17: 236 242
Matthews DR, Hosker JP, Rudenski AS, Naylor BA, Treacher DF, Turner RC: Homeostasis model assessment: insulin resistance and beta-cell function from fasting plasma glucose and insulin concentrations in man. Diabetologia 1985; 28: 412 419.

Qi Gong's relationship to educational kinesiology: A qualitative approach.
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2010 Jan;14(1):73-9.
Posadzki P, Parekh S, O'Driscoll ML, Mucha D.
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. p.posadzki@uea.ac.uk
This paper qualitatively reviews two complementary therapies; Qi Gong and educational kinesiology (EK). It is being suggested that Qi Gong and EK may be united through a qualitative convergence and a shared underlying concept. The authors hypothesize that a coherent rationale can be formed through this conceptual synthesis and propose that to some extent Qi Gong movements and EK can be considered to work in unison with each other. The logical synthesis of these two therapies is being presented to identify Qi Gong movements with concepts of brain gymnastics and also to explain how this new construct can be developed and implemented into practice. When verified, this hypothesis will allow individuals to better understand Chinese health exercises from the modern science perspective such as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and psychoneuroimmunology.

Perceived benefits of meditative movement in older adults.
Geriatr Nurs. 2010 Jan-Feb;31(1):37-51.
Rogers C, Keller C, Larkey LK.
College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA.
Several meditative movement interventions have been designed for older adults in the community setting. Previous reviews have reported on the objective efficacy of interventions, but little has been reported on the effectiveness of such interventions. The purpose of this review is to report the perceived psychosocial benefits and health outcomes of meditative movement such as Tai chi (TC) and Qigong to inform clinicians on what interventions "work" under what conditions and for whom. Thirty seven studies were included in this review and were synthesized with three
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* Spring Forest Qigong is a registered trademark of Chunyi Lin. SFQ workshops have been offered through Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota since 2004.  In 2008 a curriculum was established to train and certify instructors to deliver SFQ Level One, an introduction to the healing power of Spring Forest Qigong, in a simple, guided, consistent manner. The instructor of this workshop completed the required training and has earned the designation of SFQ Level One, Two certified instructor and Master Healer.

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