Effects of Energy Healing on Emotions, EEGs, and Plasma Cortisol

In a November 2004 article in the International Journal of Neuroscience entitled 'Effects of external qi-therapy on emotions, electroencephalograms, and plasma cortisol' Korean researchers found that external Qi-therapy (EQT - energy healing in qigong terms) produced significantly stronger brain alpha waves and also significantly lowered plasma cortisol concentrations in research subjects. (Stronger alpha waves and lower cortisol levels objectively indicate improved relaxation and reduced stress). In addition "subjects reported improved emotions of satisfaction, relaxation, and calmness during EQT as compared to levels reported during placebo treatments."

The authors describe external Qi-therapy and its utility as follows:

"EQT refers to the process by which Qigong practitioners direct or emit their Qi energy with the specific intention of helping patients clear Qi blockages and move the bad Qi out of the body so as to relieve pain, or to balance the Qi flow in the body and help eliminate or reduce diseases. Accordingly, EQT may be helpful in rectifying putative Qi deficiency and in eliminating Qi blockages and stagnation.

Randomized controlled trials have found several beneficial effects of Qi therapy compared with placebo treatments. Elderly subjects receiving Qi-therapy showed significant decreases in systolic and diastolic pressure, and reduced anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue levels compared with placebo-treated controls (Lee et al., 2003). EQT has proved to be useful in reducing heart rate and stabilizing the autonomic nervous system. Another randomized placebo-controlled study showed that Qi-therapy modulated hormone levels, and improved immune functions and mood (Lee et al., 2001)."

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