US Military uses Qigong for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

In the May 2013 edition of the journal Explore in an article entitled "Qigong as a novel intervention for service members with mild traumatic brain injury" researchers from the Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI found that "qigong enabled [study participants] to control refractory symptoms after mTBI [mild traumatic brain injury] while decreasing reliance on pharmacotherapy."

The study consisted of "service members with mTBI receiving outpatient neurorehabilitation at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center–Charlottesville Rehabilitation Center."

I think it says a lot about the effectiveness of qigong if the US Military is using it to battle traumatic brain injuries! And as I reported in the past, the US Military is also using Qi Therapy to fight PTSD as outlined in the following article:

Qi Therapy for Returning Active Duty Military with PTSD

(Qigong has also been used to treat PTSD as outlined in the following article:)

Qigong for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The article described the 'Eastern Medicine' vs. 'Western Medicine' pathways of mild traumatic brain injury and the qigong intervention and effects in the following graphic. The Eastern Medicine Pathway is summarized as follows:

1. Injury to the brain results in an imbalance of qi within the five zang organs and causes global dysfunction within the body.

2. After the qigong intervention the mind and body focus on healing. Channels for qi are gradually released restoring flow and easing physical and emotional symptoms.

3. With continued qigong practice decreased heart and respiratory rates preserve prenatal qi. Reverse breathing triggers the building of postnatal qi restoring health and vitality leading to an improved quality of life.

The specific results of the study are as follows:

"Four themes emerged from the interview data: “the physical experience of qigong,” “regaining control,” “no pain, a lot of gain,” and “barriers to qigong practice.” Participants offered examples of how qigong enabled them to control refractory symptoms after mTBI while decreasing reliance on pharmacotherapy. All agreed that qigong was uniquely conducive to the disciplined mindset of military service members and that the simplicity of 'Reflective Exercise' qigong, compared with similar modalities such as tai chi and yoga, was well suited to individuals with decreased balance, cognition, and memory related to mTBI."

The text of the article is available here.