What is Medical Qi Gong?

Category: Procedures


Medical qi gong is a way of affecting and directing qi, or the life force, for medical benefit. Rather than using needles, herbs, or massage, medical qi gong relies on the ability of trained practitioners to direct qi with the mind, hands, or ritual object, but without necessarily with touch.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 3 5
Improve mobility 2 4
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 1
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 1 1
Support liver health 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 3
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Medical Qi Gong

Side effect Patients
Soreness 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 2
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2 patient evaluations for Medical Qi Gong

Jul 26, 2012 (Started Jan 20, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Detoxification of liver and other organs)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Medical Qigong was the most difficult activity I had ever undertaken. It was impossible for me to move my arms and body in the required fashion, so my spouse had to do it for me. After doing it for 6 months, I stopped. I have no idea if any detoxification actually occurred. Now that I am on levodopa, the qigong is easy, although I no longer have a daily practice.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 18, 2008 (Started Sep 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 hr Weekly
Advice & Tips: I highly recommend Medical Qi Gong therapy. My fingers had been gnarled and atrophied for months and after four sessions I have been able to straighten out and hold my fingers that way ever since. To me, it's a combination of needleless acupuncture, massage therapy, and energy manipulation, with a dash of psychiatry thrown in. I look forward to my twice weekly sessions like Jared does Subway sandwiches. Hands down, the best treatment I receive.

  • 0 helpful marks
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