Qigong Project with Asthma- and Allergy Association 1997

Participants practicing Hold Qi up in 1997 In 1997 The Asthma and Allergy Association of Stockholm County carried out a project in co-operation with European Zhineng Qigong Center in which members learned how to practise Zhineng Qigong under the leadership of Qigong master Su Dongyue. Before and after the period of the project the participants went through medical tests supervised by assistant professor Olle Zetterström of the Karolinska Hospital, while also filling in various questionnaires, both in connection with the medical tests and the training. At the start of the project the 35 people with ages ranging from 25 to 69 who completed the entire period, were in different states of health and fitness. Among the participants there were 29 who were under drug treatment for asthma and/or allergy. Many of them were in a poor mental state with depression being the most common problem. Several of them also suffered from various kinds of pain, with problems of the neck, back and shoulders occuring the most frequently.

As the project continued, a change in attitude took place, from the initial scepticism to more trust in the method and in the realization that it is actually possible to get better and even free of all symptoms. Many of them had previously been ill for very long periods of time, some of them all their life, and several of them had tried many different alternative methods before, without any noticeable improvement. The mental state of the group rose gradually and they became calmer and happier, more relaxed and more outgoing. An important matter for these people was the fact that they had finally found an effective weapon in their struggle against their diseases.

Out of the 29 people who were under drug treatment for asthma and/or allergy before the project, 15 reported that they had reduced or completely stopped their drug treatment after finishing the training period. Three other people said that they had reduced other forms of medication. According to the tests of the group as a whole, their general health was greater, while their powers of concentration and energy levels were clearly improved. Depression was reduced, susceptibility to stress had grown less and various kinds of pain were reduced by 31%.

The medical tests that were conducted at The Karolinska Hospital show a statistically significant increase in lung capacity, with an increase in both FEV1 and FVC among most of the participants. This is in spite of the fact that the project was carried out during the Autumn, a time when people with respiratory complaints usually get somewhat worse. Qigong training makes different levels go toward the normal. If the levels already are fine, they will not change. This may explain the fact that the tests have not revealed any significant trend regarding pulse rate or blood pressure.