A new journal article summarizes the results of over 100 studies using brain scans to measure the activity caused by inserting needles into 18 specific acupuncture points. They found that the points increased activity in some areas while decreasing activity in others.
They even found correlation between acupuncture points known to benefit vision and activity in the visual areas of the brain.
My friend Vanessa Valdes turned me on to this video about the University of Virginia swim team which is employ qi gong as an integral part of their training. The students have found that qi gong helps them to improve their performance in the water, as well as, to help them stave off colds and other ailments outside of the water. Those of us who practice Chinese medicine and qi gong have long known about the benefits of practicing, it’s wonderful to see this modality spreading into more mainstream venues.