Can science explain the mechanism of chi?



Qigong is traditional Chinese exercises that combine breathing, movement and meditation in order to stay physically fit, to avoid or reduce diseases and thus to prolong life. This short article briefly discusses some topics such as the clinical effectiveness and mechanism of Qigong, the effects on respiratory and cardiovascular function, the influence on the immune system, the effects on the emotional aspects and brain research on Qigong . In summary, the clinical effectiveness of Qigong can be confirmed. Practicing qigong can prevent disease, but more high quality scientific studies are needed.


Qigong is a kind of traditional Chinese exercise combining breathing, movement and meditation in order to keep fit for the purpose of preventing disease and prolonging life. Within this short article some topics like clinical efficacy and mechanism of health-care Qigong, the impact on the respiratory function and on the cardiovascular function, the influence on the immune system, the impact on the emotional aspects and brain function research on Qigong will be discussed briefly. In summary, the clinical efficacy of Qigong cannot be denied. Health-care Qigong exercise may prevent diseases, however more scientific studies with high quality are also needed.

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  1. Director, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036, Graz, Austria

    Univ.-Prof. DI DDr. Gerhard Litscher & Prof. Dr. Fengxia Liang

  2. Director, Institute for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, China

    Prof. Dr. Fengxia Liang

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Correspondence to Univ.-Prof. DI DDr. Gerhard Litscher.

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Litscher, G., Liang, F. QIGONG AND HEALTH CARE - SPECIAL ASPECTS FROM A CHINESE PERSPECTIVE. Acupuncture auriculomed43, 26-30 (2017).

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  • Qigong
  • clinical effectiveness
  • Respiratory function
  • Cardiovascular function
  • immune system
  • emotional aspects
  • Brain function research


  • Qigong
  • clinical efficacy
  • respiratory function
  • cardiovascular function
  • immune system
  • emotional aspects
  • brain function research