QI GONG MEDITATION TECHNIQUE AND RESEARCH STUDY
Qigong Meditation Technique and Research Study
Principles of Qi gong therapy and other branches of Chinese medicine’s core aim is to;
Cleanse the meridians for a harmonious flow of energy and the restoration of yin – yang balance. - Wong Kiew Kit
Qi gong is believed to be about 4000 yr.’s ancient, a form of traditional Chinese medicine.” Qi” could be translated as vital energy, breath and “gong” mean cultivation or mastery. Qi gong meditation is a technique which involves the breathing, posture and pure, gentle movements which are done repeatedly to optimise the flow of vital energy (Qi) within the body. Baduanjin is a basic form of Qi gong which has the following eight gentle movements namely:-
Pressing the heaven with two hands, Drawing the bowstring and letting the arrows fly, Separating heavens and earth, Wise owl gazes backwards, Punching with an angry gaze, Bouncing on the toes, Big bear side to side turns, & Touching the toes then bending backwards. Practising this technique aids increased circulation of Qi, in turn, induces the release of repressed emotions. It is therefore safe when learned under the guidance of a guru.
There are few types of research done and many preliminary studies on this technique which suggest and require more analysis for firm confirmation.
Research on Qi gong meditation technique:-
1 A preliminary study with randomly chosen 88 patients with mild hypertension to either Qi gong or regular exercises for 16 weeks to study blood pressure, health status as well as Beck Anxiety and Depression Inventory scores. The results showed that both practices had similar effects on patients with mild hypertension.
2. A similar study was carried out by LEE et al. with 36 adults who had hypertension. They practised two thirty minutes of Qi gong programmes per week for eight consecutive weeks. Results prove that compared to control group the Qi gong group showed significant improvement in self-efficacy and cognitive abilities, a significant decrease in blood pressure, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein and internal Qi gong practices could elevate serum levels of HDL cholesterol.
3. Wang et al. conducted a study with hundred hypertensive patients and concluded a similar reading that Qi gong along with regular anti-hypertensive drug elevates serum levels of HDL cholesterol.
4. Based on theory, practising and evidence suggests that regular practice of Qi gong exercise as therapy has the potential to improve cancer-related QOL implies can help in prevention and as survival.
5. Randomised controlled trials were studied regarding the health benefits of Qi gong and Tai chi. The review suggests immense health benefits due to these meditative movement forms of which most of the results were consistent with few limitations and indicated that they are useful and exciting exercise alternatives to prevent diseases, sedentary lifestyles.
Benefits of Qi gong meditation technique are:-
Qi gong along with conventional medicating is useful for reducing hypertension and improves respiratory functioning, stabilizes the sympathetic nervous system, effective in treating urinary system, helps to manage anxiety associated with pain, treatment of cancer and improving their quality of life ,bone health and balance, immunity, energetic, influence the circulatory system, digestive system, nervous system and thus overall metabolism.
By regular practice of this technique one can be benefited with the following;-
• Decreased muscle tension
• Increased breathing capacity
• Lowered sensitivity of the Dorsal Horn to pain
• Increased levels of neurotransmitters
• Decreased stress hormones
• Increased nutrition absorption
• Increased alpha and gamma brain waves