Exploring the Benefits of Mind Body Practice

The research on Mind-Body practice, the relaxation response, practical spiritual awareness, natural inner healing resources and energy based health and empowerment methods has been subjective for thousands of years – based in oral traditions and highly revered spiritual masters.

Now, in the Western world, through an alternative paradigm of scientific research, the incredible practices of Mind-Body refinement and energy (Qi, Prana) cultivation methods of Qigong, Tai Chi and Yoga are being explored in a more objective context. This is not so much an improvement over the ancient methods, however, it does leverage the application of Mind-Body Energetics Practice into our conventional health care, education and social service environments.

Qigong and Tai Chi, Yoga and numerous other energy based Mind-Body practices are now being revealed as major part of the solution to some of our most dangerous diseases – heart disease, diabetes and obesity, cancer, stroke, asthma and chronic lung disorders. The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) is participating on the cutting edge of this research.

The IIQTC is involved in research collaboration with the University of Arizona, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Arkansas, and University of California Santa Barbara. To review the IIQTC Director, Roger Jahnke OMD's NIH biography

To learn more, visit the following pages:

A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi
Research examining psychological and physiological benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi is growing rapidly. The many practices described as Qigong or Tai Chi have similar theoretical roots, proposed mechanisms of action and expected benefits. Research trials and reviews, however, treat them as separate targets of examination. This review examines the evidence for achieving outcomes from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of both.
Randomized Control Trials Testing the Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi
Table of Citations for Randomized Control Trials (RCT) for Qigong and Tai Chi Health Benefits
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Research Position of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi
The NIH office for Complementary and Integrative Medicine — NCCAM — has declared Qigong and Tai Chi as Mind-Body Medicine.
National Council on Aging (NCOA), University of Illinois and IIQTC Research Collaboration
This collaboration led to the National Expert Meeting on Qigong and Tai Chi.
IIQTC Current Research Project
Graduates of the IIQTC Teacher Training are participating in research on the effect of the practice of Qigong and Tai Chi on stress.
Qigong and Tai Chi: Traditional Chinese Health Promotion Practices in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
Qigong research and Tai Chi research are typically viewed as separate. This seminal article demonstrates that the two bodies of research should be combined into one body of greater magnitude and significance. Download PDF.
Amazing 21st Century Breakthrough
Incredible research has now proven that Qigong and Tai Chi have powerful effects on gene expression, including the retardation of cell death.
Table of Qigong and Tai Chi Literature Reviews Since 1992
Table of Citations for Comprehensive Review of Randomized Control Trials (RCT) for Qigong and Tai Chi