Scientific Measurement of
Qi Effects

Measuring external qi (EQ or wai qi) during qigong healing, has shown shown Qi had these physical effects:
  1. far-infrared,
  2. heat,
  3. micro-pressure detectors
  4. microwave radiation,
  5. significant increases in wavelength to above 10 mm,
  6. significant magnetic signals,
  7. sound frequency lower than 16 Hz from qigong healers at different acupuncture points.

The importance of the study is more to legitimize any Qi existance, in a scientific protocol, for outsiders.

An Analytic Review of Studies on Measuring Effects of External Qi in China by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

World Institute for Self Healing, Inc.

light 10, 11, electricity 12, heat 13, sound 14, and magnetism 15.

The first report of this type utilized a

1) Far-infrared Detector (8-14 mµ) and was published by Gu & Lin in 1978 13.
A modified far-infrared radiation was detected at a distance of 50 cm from the palm of a qigong practitioner, with variations in intensity as high as 80% at a frequency of 0.3 Hz. ...

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Lin et al.17 of

2) AGA Thermogram Shanghai Academy of Chinese Medicine reported that when the qigong healer emitted qi to a patient, and could display the entire procedure of qi emission by reading the thermal flow moving from his arm to his palm and finally to his finger tips.

Then, the surface temperature of the patient’s afflicted area, although one meter away from the healer, was raised by 3°C 17.

Furthermore, using the same equipment, the Joint Research Group of Somatic Science at Shanghai University 3 has found that infrared radiation can be delivered additively through multiple practitioners – the total infrared radiation is approximately equal to the sum of multiple qi emitters.

Chen 18 of Beijing Society of Qigong Research also observed the temperature change on the body surface with infrared detectors during the qigong practice of a qigong healer, and found that the consciousness of a qigong healer could act like a “switch” in this body temperature change. ...

Gu and Zhao 10 of Shanghai Academy of Chinese Medicine conducted more than 900 experiments in order to verify the element of particle flow in EQ. In their experiments,

3) Ge (germanium) Micro-Pressure Detectors were placed at the distances of 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 meters from the qigong practitioner. The practitioner (Zhao) emitted qi toward the target (Ge detector) through two of his fingers. … could pinpoint the target and repeatedly produced signals on the micro-pressure detectors.

They recorded many micro-pressure signals from the Ge detector at all four distances with a little time lag. They explained the signal as the reflection of the unspecified particle flow from EQ. ...

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Wu of the Beijing Institute of Technology conducted many tests using a mm-wave radiation meter to detect the effect of EQ19. With an

4) 8 mm microwave radiation meter, they used the near field (20-40 cm to antenna) to test the EQ effect and the far field (4 to 5 meters to antenna) as the points of reference. They conducted 50 trials, 28 of which had formal records of radiation curves. Twenty-two of these trials had significant increases in wavelength to above 10 mm during the period of qi emission. ...

A total of 26 subjects, 20 qigong practitioner (mean age of 45.3 with practice experience ranging from 1 to 30 years), and 6 non-practitioners (control group, mean age of 46.7) participated in the test. Subjects would take off all of the possible magnetic objects in their possession before entering the lab. A baseline magnetic signal was recorded for each subject before s/he entered the lab. No radical movement was allowed in the lab. The procedure included the following steps: when each subject walked into the lab, the door would be closed. The subject would stand at the door area for 3 minutes, then move closer to the magnetic detector, and stand for another 3 minutes. At this point, the subject would use the Lao gong acupuncture point located on his palm to direct EQ toward the magnetic detector (no touching was allowed) until he felt that he had reached his maximum strength. …

The results showed that, in 32 tests utilizing 20 qigong practitioners, 21 tests detected

5) significant magnetic signals (65.7%), while 11 tests detected no significant magnetic signals (34.3%). The strongest magnetic signal detected was 105 nT. More specifically, the detected direct magnetic signals ranged 2-6 x 103 nT, duration ranged 0.55 to 14 minutes; the alternative magnetic signals ranged 2 to 2.6 x 103 nT, the frequencies were around 0.16 to 0.5 Hz; pulse signals ranged 3 – 1.3 x 105 nT with frequencies of 1-2 Hz. There was a significant difference between the typical curves of magnetic signals during qi emission by qigong practitioners, than during simulated qi emission by non-practitioners.

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The curves of magnetic signals detected during simulated qi emission by non- practitioners had no change during the entire process. Through 17 repeated tests of 8 qigong practitioners, 5 practitioners repeated the positive results in 11 different tests, in addition the type and range of signal had some changes. Eighty percent of the tests detected residual magnetic signals after the qigong practitioners believed that they stopped emitting qi.

Kokubo et al. 21 of Japan conducted similar studies on measurements of anomalous bio-magnetic fields from the qigong healers, and confirmed the Chinese scientists’ findings of increased magnetic fields during the EQ process.

Hou of the Chinese Institute of Space Medical Engineering conducted a series of studies to detect infrasonic sound (the sound frequency lower than 16 Hz) from qigong healers at different acupuncture points 14. The subjects included 10 qigong healers (aged 28-61) and 10 controls (non-practitioners, aged 17-41). The test was performed in a soundproof lab with baseline noise less than 40 dB. The testing equipment was

6) Denmark B-K Corp’s Infrasonic Sound Detector, which has a special wave filter to detect infrasonic sound at frequencies of 2 – 20 Hz. During the test, each subject was required to sit in a comfortable position, relax, and lightly close his/her eyes. The distance between the sound sensor and the testing point was at 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, and 40 cm. The tested acupoints included “Lao gong” (on the palm), “Bai hui” (on the top of the head), and “Ming men” (at center of the back near the waist). …

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“Where the intent goes, the qi goes.” Infrasonic sound may exist at the acupuncture points of ordinary people. The difference between qigong practitioners and the control group was the strength and the wave-shape of the infrasonic sound 14.

Furthermore, the direction of infrasonic sound was not controlled by the qigong practitioner, but was emitted in all directions.

Alternative Therapies, July/Aug 2004, VOL. 10, No.4; Analytic Review of External Qi Studies, page 38- 41.

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