Spring Forest Qigong for chronic pain: a research article review

Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) is an energy healing practice that has a direct influence on chronic pain management. It reduces stress and promotes relaxation. SFQ is a form of energy healing that is well established and known for it’s healing properties, pain relief, and relaxing benefits thanks to master Chunyi Lin. He teaches SFQ so it is easy to understand. It is taught in a way so people can become self-healing.  Lin’s vision is “A healer in every family and a world without pain.” (Jane Coleman, 2011). 

This study was a pilot study using a mixed method design, it included 122 subjects who learned SFQ. They practiced SFQ every day for 30 minutes over an 8 week period, participated in group meetings, and completed surveys (Coleman, 2011).

The results showed that there was a  significant decrease in the perception of physical pain and emotional distress, as well as improved sleep, concentration, decision making, and reversal of loss of interest (Coleman, 2011). “The active exercise and the meditation aspects of SFQ are effective self-care modalities for persons with perceived chronic physical pain and/or emotional distress” (Coleman, 2011).  Eighty-six percent of the participants were still practicing SFQ at 16 weeks and six of the subjects completed a Level 2 SFQ class (Coleman, 2011).

This study, and others like it, indicate that health care providers could very well promote SFQ; for adults to utilize and experience the numerous benefits from this heath promotion practice (Coleman, 2011). This study is scientific evidence that SFQ works to alleviate stress and chronic pain while enhancing the well-being of people and promoting good health practices. These participants found relief from pain and more people can too.


Coleman, J. (2011). Spring Forest Qigong and Chronic Pain. Sage Pub. Vol. 29 No. 2

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