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The Efficacy of QiGong Practice as a Treatment for Vertigo

Case Study on a Single Patient by Dr. Maryann DiEdwardo

Abstract
Previous studies suggest thatpracticing 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 November 4th, 2011. 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 2011 to August 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.


Key Words: qigong, meditation, immune response, vertigo, vestibular sense, dizziness, self-healing therapy

Background

Methodology includes a health journal to record the symptomatic and chronic vertigo, qigong practice, and subsequent simultaneous recovery. Previous research studies such the 2004 case study by KW Chen and FD Turner of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ, simultaneous recovery from multiple physical symptoms with medical qigong who report “the story of a 58-year-old Caucasian male patient with a series of chronic conditions, including high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels (but not a confirmed cancer), atrial septal defect, asthma, allergies, multiple injuries following an automobile accident, high blood pressure, and edema in the legs (Chen and Turner).” In “The Effects of Taiji and QiGong Intervention on the Antibody Response to Influenza Vaccine Response in Older Adults” in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2007. Yang Yang et al.find that the Taiji and QiGong improved the antibody response in older adults to the influenza vaccine but suggest that further study is needed.


Method

From August 2011 to August 2012, the patient participated in qigong energy healing modalities that included qigong sequences, qigong meditation, and study of qigong scholarly books, articles, and research, as healing modalities without eastern medical advice 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 and spontaneous healing.
The patient had the most beneficial healing with energy qigong meditations for home study; applications of techniques in scholarship in peer reviewed books and articles on QiGong as a healing modality. Chen and Turner used “intensive qigong workshop involved the training and practice of gathering qi, magnifying qi energy and using it for self-healing with visualization and guided imaginary; plus supervised energetic fasting. The patient practiced qigong 4-plus hours per day during intensive training, and approximately 1 to 2 hours daily thereafter. About 10 sessions of external qi healing were performed by a qigong master for his pain and systematic adjustment (Chen and Turner).”

Settings and locations include the following: August and September of 2011 upon onset of symptoms, the patient used her home meditation studio to practice qigong through resources in my home library; October 2011, the patient attended a ten day yoga training to complete the 500 hour certification at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA when she added QiGong practice outside in the morning, noon and evening to continue her personal practice; November and December 2011, the patient continued to study qigong at the home studio, taught QiGong for a local hospital, and studied QiGong through resources from my home library. January, February 2012, the patient practiced in the foothills of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, outside which was a factor that changed the symptoms and accelerated the recovery; March of 2012, the patient studied qigong through home study with emphasis on Tibetan Theory of Mindfulness and more training with a certification home study programs; Authentic Teachings of Shaolin QiGong: A Complete Home Study Course by Sifu Dan Freeman and the critically acclaimed book The Way of QiGong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Kenneth Cohen. April and May I taught a Tai Chi and QiGong class for a local hospital and practiced outside in a natural setting in my backyard with two fir trees enclosing a natural private space, before the classes for 6-8 hours per day when I received the most healing from the symptoms; June 2011, I attended the workshop in Mensch Mill Retreat Center in Barto, Pennsylvania with QiGong scholars when we practiced outside all day; July and August 2011, I continue the 6-8 hour per day training in QiGong outside in my backyard and continued to teach at the local hospital.







Settings and Locations

Settings and locations include the following: August, September 2011, home studio; October 2011, Himalayan Institute meditation room and outdoor grounds in Honesdale, PA; November, December, January 2011, home studio, yoga class studio in local hospital before sessions; February, 2012 home studio for 20 days and last 8 days in natural settings in the ground of the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire outside; April, May practiced outside in my backyard, before the classes for 6-8 hours per day, when I received the most healing from the symptoms; June 2011, I attended the 3 day workshop in meditation facility in Pennsylvania with QiGong scholars and practiced outside in natural settings for most classes; July, August 2011, I continue the 6-8 hour per day training outside in natural settings in my backyard.

Results

After one year of daily qigong practice, I discontinued to feel symptoms of vertigo daily. The symptoms occurred acutely upon the onset of the immune response when I\the patient was under stress such as weakened immune system due to fatigue or cold. However, as of September 2012, the symptoms have disappeared.

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.

References

Chen, KW, Turner, FD. Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ. Journal of Complementary Medicine. 2004. Feb;10(1);159-162.

Yang Yang et al. “The Effects of Taiji and QiGong Intervention on the Antibody Response to Influenza Vaccine Response in Older Adults” in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2007. Vol. 34, No. 4, 597-607, World Scientific Publishing Company, Institute for Advanced Research in Asian Science and Medicine.