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QiGong and Tai Chi Research

A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi
Jahnke R, Larkey L, Rogers C and Etnier J.

Researching the Benefits of Mind-Body Practice by Investigating Genetic Expression

Roger Jahnke, OMD. The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.

Introductory Articles on Qigong and Energy Medicine

Qigong Institute website: Scientific Basis of Qigong and Energy Medicine page.

A Pilot Study of External Qigong Therapy for Patients with Fibromyalgia(PDF 181KB)

Kevin Chen, et. al. Originally published in: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2006) Vol 12, No. 9

Qigong - Energy Medicine for the New Millennium (PDF 72KB)

Tom Rogers, President of the Qigong Institute. Originally published in Qi Magazine.

Multifaceted Health Benefits of Medical Qigong (PDF 69KB) - Kenneth M. Sancier PhD and Devatara Holman MS. MA. LAc Originally Published in: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2004) Vol 10, No. 1

Electrodermal Measurements for Monitoring the Effects of a Qigong Workshop (PDF 574KB)- by Kenneth M. Sancier PhD. Originally Published in: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2003) Vol 9, No. 2

Anti-Aging Benefits of Qigong - by Kenneth M. Sancier PhD. Originally Published in: Journal of the International Society of Life Information Science,14 (1) 12-21 (1996).

Integrative Tumor Board: Advanced Breast Cancer (PDF 124KB) Kevin papers Ph.D. and Binhui He

Review of Qigong Therapy for Cancer Treatment (PDF 531KB) Kevin Chen Ph.D. and Raphael Yeung Originally Published in: Journal of the International Society of Life Information Science,20 (2) 2002.

A Preliminary Study of the Effect of External Qigong on Lymphoma Growth in Mice (PDF 1,381KB) by Kevin Chen Ph.D., Samuel C. Shiflett, Nicholas M. Ponzio, Binhui He, Deborah K. Elliott and Steven E. Keller. Originally Published in: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2002) Vol 8, No. 5, pp. 615-621.

The Wonders and Mysteries of Qi (PDF 138KB) A book Review by Kevin Chen Ph.D. Originally Published in: Journal of Scientific Exploration. 2002;16(3)

External Qigong Therapy for Chronic Orofacial Pain (PDF 134KB) Kevin Chen Ph.D., Joseph J. Marbach D.D.S., Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Originally Published in: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2002) Vol 8, No. 5, pp. 532-534.

Use of Qigong Therapy in the Detoxification of Heroin Addicts (PDF 153KB) Kevin Chen Ph.D., Ming Li, Zhixian Mo M.D. Originally Published in: Alternative Therapies, Jan/Feb 2002, Vol. 8, No. 1.

Exploratory Studies of External Qi in China (PDF 227KB) by Kevin Chen Ph.D. and Zhongpeng Lin Originally Published in: Journal of the International Society of Life Information Science,20 (2) 2002.

THE EFFECT OF QIGONG ON THERAPEUTIC BALANCING MEASURED BY ELECTROACUPUNCTURE ACCORDING TO VOLL (EAV): A PRELIMINARY STUDY (PDF 595KB) Kenneth M. Sancier PhD. Originally Published in: Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research, International Journal. 1994; vol.19

Medical Applications of Qigong and Emitted Qi on Humans, Animals, Cell Cultures and Plants: Review of Selected Scientific Research (PDF 905KB) Kenneth M. Sancier PhD. and Bingkun Hu PhD.; Published in The American Journal of Acupuncture Vol. 19, No. 4, 1991

Qigong and Neurological Illness (PDF 150KB) Kenneth M. Sancier; Published in Alternative and Complementary Treatments in Neurologic Illness. By Michael I. Weintraub,, Chapter 15, pp 197-220 (2001), and reprinted with the permission from Elsevier.

Search for Medical Applications of Qigong With the Computerized Qigong Database? (PDF 84KB) by Kenneth M. Sancier PhD.; Published in: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2001) vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 93-95.

Therapeutic Benefits of Qigong Exercises in Combination with Drugs (PDF 149KB) Kenneth M. Sancier PhD. Originally Published in: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (1999) Vol 5, No. 4, pp. 383-389.

Medical Applications of Qigong (PDF 661KB) Kenneth M. Sancier PhD.; published in "Alternative Therapies January, 1996, Vol 2. No.1.

A Case Study of Simultaneous Recovery From Multiple Physical Symptoms with Medical Qigong Therapy

Kevin Chen, Ph.D. MPH; Originally Published in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2004) Vol 10, No. 1.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The Contribution of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to Reduce Antibiotic Use: A Narrative Review of Health Concepts, Prevention, and Treatment Strategy, Baars EW et al. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2019. PubMed

Kemppainen LM, Kemppainen TT, Reippainen JA, Salmenniemi ST, Vuolanto PH. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in Europe: Health-related and sociodemographic determinants. Scand J Public Health. 2018;46(4):448-455. doi:10.1177/1403494817733869

Use of complementary and alternative medicine in Europe: Health-related and sociodemographic determinants. Kemppainen LM et al. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2017. PubMed

Barriers to the conduct and application of research in complementary and alternative medicine: a systematic review. Veziari Y et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2017. PubMed

An integrative review of complementary and alternative medicine use for back pain: a focus on prevalence, reasons for use, influential factors, self-perceived effectiveness, and communication Murthy V et al. The Spine Journal, 2015. Pubmed

Are complementary therapies and integrative care cost-effective? A systematic review of economic evaluations. Herman PM et al. BMJ Open, 2012. PubMed

Evidence for the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicines in the management of osteoarthritis: a systematic review. De Silva V et al. Rheumatology, 2011. PubMed

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Integrative Oncology: Complementary Therapies and Botanicals. Deng GE et al. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, 2009. PubMed

CAM Education: Promoting a Salutogenic Focus in Health Care. Rakel DP et al. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2007. PubMed

Use of complementary and alternative medicine in cancer patients: a European survey. Molassiotis A et al. Annals of Oncology, 2005. PubMed

Public Health Agenda for Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine. Bodeker G et al, American Journal of Public Health, 2002. PubMed

Research into complementary and alternative medicine: problems and potential. Nahin RL et al. BMJ, 2001. PubMed

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Abdoli S, Rahzani K, Safaie M & Sattari A. (2012). A randomized control trial: the effect of guided imagery with tape and perceived happy memory on chronic tension type headache. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 26, 254-61. doi:10.1111/j.1471-6712.2011.00926.x, 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2011.00926.x

Adeola MT, Baird CL, Sands L, Longoria N, Henry U, Nielsen J, et al. (2015). Active Despite Pain: Patient Experiences With Guided Imagery With Relaxation Compared to Planned Rest. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19, 649-52. doi:10.1188/15.CJON.649-652, 10.1188/15.CJON.649-652

Afshar M, Mohsenzadeh A, Gilasi H & Sadeghi-Gandomani H. (2018). The effects of guided imagery on state and trait anxiety and sleep quality among patients receiving hemodialysis: A randomized controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 40, 37-41. doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2018.07.006, 10.1016/j.ctim.2018.07.006

Alam M, Roongpisuthipong W, Kim NA, Goyal A, Swary JH, Brindise RT, et al. (2016). Utility of recorded guided imagery and relaxing music in reducing patient pain and anxiety, and surgeon anxiety, during cutaneous surgical procedures: A single-blinded randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 75, 585-589. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2016.02.1143, 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.02.1143

Apostolo JL & Kolcaba K. (2009). The effects of guided imagery on comfort, depression, anxiety, and stress of psychiatric inpatients with depressive disorders. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 23, 403-11. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2008.12.003, 10.1016/j.apnu.2008.12.003

Armstrong K, Dixon S, May S & Patricolo GE. (2014). Anxiety reduction in patients undergoing cardiac catheterization following massage and guided imagery. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 20, 334-8. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.07.009, 10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.07.009

Austin P & Siddall P. (2019). Virtual reality for the treatment of neuropathic pain in people with spinal cord injuries: A scoping review. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, doi:10.1080/10790268.2019.1575554

Baird CL, Murawski MM & Wu J. (2010). Efficacy of guided imagery with relaxation for osteoarthritis symptoms and medication intake. Pain Management Nursing, 11, 56-65. doi:10.1016/j.pmn.2009.04.002, 10.1016/j.pmn.2009.04.002

Beck BD, Hansen AM & Gold C. (2015). Coping with Work-Related Stress through Guided Imagery and Music (GIM): Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Music Therapy, 52, 323-52. doi:10.1093/jmt/thv011, 10.1093/jmt/thv011

Bedford FL. (2012). A perception theory in mind-body medicine: guided imagery and mindful meditation as cross-modal adaptation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 24-45. doi:10.3758/s13423-011-0166-x, 10.3758/s13423-011- 0166-x

Beebe LH & Wyatt TH. (2009). Guided imagery and music: using the Bonny method to evoke emotion and access the unconscious. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 47(1), 29-33. Retrieved from

Beizaee Y, Rejeh N, Heravi-Karimooi M, Tadrisi SD, Griffiths P, Vaismoradi M. (2018). The effect of guided imagery on anxiety, depression and vital signs in patients on hemodialysis. Complementary Therapies In Clinical Practice, 33:184-190. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.008.

Bernardy K, Fuber N, Klose P & Hauser W. (2011). Efficacy of hypnosis/guided imagery in fibromyalgia syndrome--a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled trials. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 12, 133. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-12-133, 10.1186/1471-2474-12-133

Billquist EJ, Michelfelder A, Brincat C, Brubaker L, Fitzgerald CM & Mueller ER. (2018). Pre-operative guided imagery in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery: a randomized trial. International Urogynecology Journal, 29, 1117-1122. doi:10.1007/s00192-017-3443-z, 10.1007/s00192-017-3443-z

Boehm LB & Tse AM. (2013). Application of guided imagery to facilitate the transition of new graduate registered nurses. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44, 113-9. doi:10.3928/00220124- 20130115-16, 10.3928/00220124- 20130115-16

Bowering K. et al (2013). The effects of graded motor imagery and its components on chronic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain. ,4(1):3-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.09.007. Epub 2012 Nov 15.

Burhenn P, Olausson J, Villegas G & Kravits K. (2014). Guided imagery for pain control. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18, 501-3. doi:10.1188/14.CJON.501-503, 10.1188/14.CJON.501-503

Carpenter JJ, Hines SH & Lan VM. (2017). Guided Imagery for Pain Management in Postoperative Orthopedic Patients: An Integrative Literature Review. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 35, 342-351. doi:10.1177/0898010116675462, 10.1177/0898010116675462

Carrico DJ, Peters KM & Diokno AC. (2008). Guided imagery for women with interstitial cystitis: results of a prospective, randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 14, 53-60. doi:10.1089/acm.2007.7070, 10.1089/act.2008.14208

Case LK, Jackson P, Kinkel R & Mills PJ. (2018). Guided Imagery Improves Mood, Fatigue, and Quality of Life in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis: An Exploratory Efficacy Trial of Healing Light Guided Imagery. Journal of Evidence-based Integrative Medicine, 23, 2515690X17748744. doi:10.1177/2515690X17748744, 10.1177/2515690X17748744

Casida JM, Yaremchuk KL, Shpakoff L, Marrocco A, Babicz G & Yarandi H. (2013). The effects of guided imagery on sleep and inflammatory response in cardiac surgery: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, 54(2), 269-79. Retrieved from

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