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25 January 2019, Volume 2 Issue 1       The Mystery of Qigong Previous Issue    Next Issue
ARTICLE
The exploration of information therapy forautism and dementia
Kean Hin Ooi, Pei See Sew, Irma van Tuil
90Life Research. 2019, 2 (1): 1-7.   https://doi.org/10.12032/life2019-0125-004
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This article provides explanations to how distance external Qi therapy works by quoting various rigorously designed controlled experiments conducted at various parts of the world. It also introduces a new method of therapy, information therapy that relies on the entanglement of information carried by low hissing sound playback with mp3 player to entangle with the information of subjects exhibited by the facial photo with the whole system placed in a sealed carton. Preliminary results have shown huge potential for information therapy to be applied on neurological cases, particularly on autism and dementia.

REPORT
Efficacy of Qigong for the treatment of alopecia universalis:a clinical case report
Gómez Jensen Alberto Alejandro, Martínez Diana Elina, Wan Qing Guo
90Life Research. 2019, 2 (1): 8-13.   https://doi.org/10.12032/life2019-0125-002
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Qigong is a part of traditional Chinese medicine. According to the antique treaties, the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine are based in maintaining the harmony between Qi (energy), Jing (essence) and Shen (spirit). Alterations in this harmony can develop and determine the appearance of disease. Therapeutic effects of Qigong are helpful in the prevention and treatment of several diseases. It's main role in restoring body functions is due to the communication between internal organs, tissues and cells. The main goal of this work is to show the efficacy of Qigong in the treatment of a dermatological disease characterized by the appearance of circular or oval patches of missing hair, known as alopecia universalis. For western medicine the exact cause of this illness is not totally revealed, however, it's attributed to psycological, genetics and metabolic alterations. From the traditional Chinese medicine perspective, hair alterations are framed in the area of the water energy, represented by the kidney organ. The results of Qigong treatment suggested that the cranial hair follicles had been activated since the first treatment. As treatment progressed, the cranial hair follicles continued to grow, what's more, the brightness and pigmentation of the hair also increased. Therefore, in the clinical conditions evaluated, Qigong could be an effective alternative treatment in consideration of the visible evidence about rapid and long lasting results. Besides, we did not observe any side effects of Qigong in this case.

Using Qi flow in Taiji effecting structural change in feetand reduced pain: a case report
Suzanne Newnham
90Life Research. 2019, 2 (1): 14-21.   https://doi.org/10.12032/life2019-0125-003
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In the article, the author reports on a case study of chronic pain problems caused by her own foot deformity. The author began using Taiji, Chen style Chan Si Gong (Reeling Silk), and Zhan Zhuang (standing meditation) to relieve chronic pain since 1986. After more than two years of Qigong training, the structure of the author's foot changed from the previous deformity to normal foot shape. These changes enabled the author to walk normally and to be free from persistent chronic pain. The article discussed the methods of using Qi currents and other issues that need to be paid attention to when practicing Tai chi, such as how to adjust one's mental focus and maintain a state of relaxation to "mindful". Tai chi involves a number of internal "micro-adjusting" about how these techniques relax and strengthen muscles to reduce chronic pain. The report and discussion on the treatment principle of Qigong can provide new strategies for the treatment of chronic pain.

REVIEW
The polygenic risk in schizophrenia: assessing GWASs and evaluating Clozapine, ECT and other treatment modalities
Shiruli Dash
90Life Research. 2019, 2 (1): 22-30.   https://doi.org/10.12032/life2019-0125-005
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Research shows that the mortality rate among people with schizophrenia is up to four times higher than that in the general population. The subsequent high comorbidities and societal cost of schizophrenia necessitate finding better, more effective treatments and strategies for prevention. One of the current obstacles are the complicated gene etiologies that are involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. So far, an increasing number of clinical and experimental studies show links between schizophrenia treatment and genetic conditions. Here, we analyze the literature on schizophrenia genetics, with a particular focus on the brain, the mind and environmental insults. An overlap of schizophrenia with other psychotic disorders has also been taken into account with an attempt to find a parallel relationship between genetics and treatment. Finally, we summarize all the present-day treatment options for schizophrenia like clozapine and electroconvulsive therapy and also take into consideration the relatively unexplored role of traditional Chinese medicine.

HYPOTHESIS
Taijiquan's Enigma
C.P. Ong
90Life Research. 2019, 2 (1): 31-44.   https://doi.org/10.12032/life2019-0125-007
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Taijiquan is a martial art of the highest order is culturally etched in the Chinese heritage and entrenched in wushu pulp fiction and kungfu movies. Therein lies the enigma. The gentle slow-motion practice cannot be more remote from the speed and power of combat. And adding to the mystique is the proposition that Taijiquan's kungfu prowess is not drawn from the physical strength of the musculature but from some "inner strength" or Neijin. This sacred belief was desecrated when a fighter thrashed a self-proclaimed Taijiquan grandmaster ignominiously in 10 seconds in an open match. Taijiquan was then derided as a bogus combat art. The incident shakes the foundation of Taijiquan and puts into questions many of its touted claims, which challenges the scientific quest of the art. The paper confronts the issue directly by studying the manifestation of Neijin in the framework of science to provide a scientific basis for the art. It transcribes the yin-yang metaphysics that regulates Taijiquan training in terms of the alignment of muscle actions to balance and to unify momentum, which develops the core strength of Neijin and the underlying life-force Qi energy. From this flows the kungfu marvels, which lie in the liveliness and agility of Neijin's response and in the force ensuing that is of the right vector values, all essential in the fluidity of combat application. The martial aspect of Taijiquan provides a concrete representation of Neijin, which gives an experiential insight into the multifaceted concept of Qi, and in turn a pathway to the exploration of Qi in physiology and thus in Qi energy medicine.

COMMENT
Revealing the unseen human energy-- scientific understanding of Qigong
Life Research Editorial Group
90Life Research. 2019, 2 (1): 45-47.   https://doi.org/10.12032/life2019-0125-001
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According to the earliest historical book in China (Shangshu), during the reign of Emperor Yao more than 4,000 years ago, people in central plains suffered from diseases such as joint pain due to the bad weather. So, they created some unique movements to regulate and improve the bodily functions, such as stretching the body to dissipate heat, curling up the body to keep out the cold. A large number of records in ancient Chinese books showed that Qigong practice was quite popular in ancient times. In particular, the book "Huangdi Neijing" describes in detail the requirements of practicing Qigong and the effect that can make people live longer, which is also known as "Daoyin". In modern age, various types of Qigong are still very popular around the world, such as Taiji Quan (Tai Chi), Baduan Jin, Wuqin Xi, and Six-character Formula in China, Yoga in India, Heka in Egypt and so on.


Is Taijiquan a martial art or a dance?
C.P. Ong
90Life Research. 2019, 2 (1): 48-51.   https://doi.org/10.12032/life2019-0125-006
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After Xiaodong Xu, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, summarily crushed Wei Lei, a self-proclaimed Taijiquan grandmaster, in 10 seconds, he mocked Taijiquan, as well as other traditional kungfu arts as mostly fake and ineff ective in combat. The humiliation of the defeat and the put-down of the traditional arts touched a raw nerve. The wushu community was thrown into a convulsion and the Chinese social media went viral. The cultural comfort of the sacred belief of kungfu's superiority was shaken at the very core. The furor raged on for days and so consumed the cyberspace that the Chinese authorities shut down the debate and deactivated Xu's Weibo account.