Many medical research projects in the last 20 years have indicated that there are substantial health benefits from practicing Taiji or Qigong (a form of breathing, stretching, meditated exercise). We discuss how the fundamental principles of Taiji and Qigong could lay a foundation for such health benefits. These positive, preliminary results, so far mostly involving dozens or at most a few hundred people, definitely warrant a more comprehensive, systematic, and more in-depth investigation, especially related to Qigong. These results also lead to important but complex questions, e.g.: Are there manifestations of Qi that could be experimentally measureable with technologies like ECG, EEG, electromagnetic radiation detectors, and fluorescent dyes? Qi is supposed to flow in meridians and stored in reservoirs. What is the relationship between meridians and blood vessels, and between reservoirs and internal organs? Can Qi blockages be detected and any correlation of Qi blockages with illnesses? Such research programs are not necessarily new, especially in China. However, it is still in an early stage, and much more research is needed in this fertile field. The impacts from such study could be profound, providing better basic understanding of science, new methods to improve health, and significant healthcare cost reduction.
|Keywords:||Qigong, Taiji, Fundamental Principles of Taiji and Qigong, Health Benefits, Medical Research Projects, Manifestations of Qi, Relationship between Meridians and Blood Vessels, Relationship between Reservoirs and Internal Organs, New Methods to Improve Health, Significant Healthcare Cost Reduction|
Adjunct Instructor of Fitness, Division of Science & Health Science, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, USA