The Efficacy of QiGong Practice as a Treatment for Vertigo
Case Study on a Single Patient

by Dr. Maryann DiEdwardo

  • Previous studies suggest that practicing QiGong may improve weakened immune response. This study is intended to examine whether QiGong practice can control and cure the symptoms associated with inner ear infection and severe dizziness which may be a weakened immune response that causes of vestibular sense, vertigo, in a single female patient. The patient, who is also the researcher for the study, suffered from extreme vertigo and applied QiGong as a therapy. Maryann DiEdwardo, age 57 at the onset of the vertigo in 2011 practiced QiGong meditation, QiGong sequences and QiGong walking meditations from August 29, 2011 to August 29, 2012.

  • The purpose of the case study on one patient is to understand why the patient regained balance and full functioning of the vestibular sense by practicing QiGong three times per day over a period of one year. From August 29, 2011 to August 29, 2012, she participated in qigong personal practice daily in her home studio until the spring of 2012 when she consulted an EMT specialist Dr. Lemberg in Allentown, PA and an Allergy Immunologist Dr. Shannon Kearney of Bethlehem, PA to confirm the diagnosis, qigong treatment as physical therapy with the patient as the practitioner, and simultaneous recovery to change the immune response.

  • The patient experienced simultaneous recovery from vertigo and vestibular symptoms that included dizziness from slight symptoms noticed during regular activities to severe and debilitating dizziness that could have stopped her ability to function, lack of balance, and overall weakness which “cannot be explained by any known medical theories, and call for formal clinical trials to closely qigong self-healing therapy (Chen and Turner).” The study suggests that the process of healing was based upon healing through concentrated qigong practice for three sessions per day for one year. The results suggest that the strengthening of the body may have occurred through the experience of regimented qigong practice routines that took place at least three times per day for one year to engage and to change the immune response.

  • Results After one year of daily qigong practice, I discontinued to feel symptoms of vertigo daily.

  • Conclusion I experienced simultaneous recovery from vertigo and vestibular symptoms that included dizziness from slight symptoms noticed during regular activities to severe and debilitating dizziness that stopped my ability to function, lack of balance, and overall weakness which “cannot be explained by any known medical theories, and call for formal clinical trials to closely qigong self-healing therapy (Chen and Turner).” I suggest that the process of healing was based upon healing through concentrated qigong practice for three sessions per day for one year.
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