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Bigu Conference Report - PennState June 2000

Bigu Conference Report - PennState June 2000

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Conference Report 
The First National Conference
The Bigu Manifestation, Health Effects and Scientific Research of Yan Xin Qigong
Sponsored by
The Pennsylvania State University
Science, Technology and Society Program
University of Arizona
Program in Integrative Medicine
Friends of Health
Washington, D.C.
Traditional Acupuncture Institute
Columbia, Maryland
International Yan Xin Qigong Association
Scientific Research & Health Departments
June 23-25, 2000
University Park, Pennsylvania
Conference Report 
The First National Conference on the Bigu Manifestation,Health Effects and Scientific Research of Yan Xin Qigong
 Rustum Roy,
Conference Chair 
 Yi Fang,
Conference Coordinator 
 Materials Research Lab, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
 From June 23 to June 25, 2000, over 500enthusiastic scientists and scholars descendedon the picturesque campus of The PennsylvaniaState University for a unique scientificconference on qigong health practices and thebigu phenomenon. The Conference wassponsored by the STS (Science, Technologyand Society) Program of Penn State, theUniversity of Arizona Program in IntegrativeMedicine, Friends of Health (an organizationchampioning the cause of all integrativemedicine), etc. The Conference is considered ahistorical event in world qigong scientificresearch development as it was the first of itskind for the new millennium in which theWestern scientific community systematicallyintroduced the “bigu” phenomenon of Yan XinQigong to the public. The Conference was alsoviewed as the launching of a scientific discoursebetween Eastern and Western philosophical andscientific systems that will add significantly tohuman health and world peace.Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice forbody-mind development and healing withseveral thousand years of written history. Somestartling benefits in the realm of healing of cancer, managing difficult pregnancies, stress-related diseases and so on, were reported.Experiments on the effects of “qi” (chi) by thegrand master Yan Xin (a kind of combination of Michael Jordan and Albert Einstein in talents),directly measured from chemical and physicalreactions in leading universities, were as new asthe report by Roentgen 100 years ago when hediscovered X-rays. The most intriguing, firsttime ever, public presentation was theextraordinary phenomenon called “bigu”(without food). Many of the Yan Xin Qigongpractitioners find themselves in this state—where they do not need to eat solid food at allfor days, weeks, months or even years. TheConference had over 100 attendees who hadexperienced this state while maintaining morethan normal active professional lives in U.S.corporate and academic research centers.
Prof. Roy opens the Bigu Conference
Great Group, Great Setting:
 Audience at the Bigu Conference
 dozen persons were present who had not eatensolid food for 5-10 years.
Large groups of scientists, doctors, both Chinese and Western,reported on their own experiences with bigu.The Conference attracted many seniorscientists who commented on the relationship tocurrent scientific paradigms: Prof. Rustum Roy,the organizer of the Conference, foundingdirector of Penn State’s Materials ResearchLaboratory and a member of the NationalAcademies of the U.S., Sweden, Japan, India,and Russia; Prof. Hans-Peter Duerr, pastdirector of the Max-Planck Institute of Theoretical Physics in Munich (Albert Einsteinwas its first director), successor and colleagueof Werner Heisenburg (a father of quantummechanics); Prof. Della M. Roy, materialsscientist, member of the National Academy of Engineering; Prof. Larry Brown, member of theNational Academy of Sciences; Prof. JerryWorlf, Harvard Medical School; Prof. JoieJones, professor of radiology, University of California at Irvine; and Dr. Johanne Boisvert,program manager of Quebec’s AgricultureDepartment, Canada. The majority of theattendees had advanced degrees in science andtechnology, including over 150 PhD’s.Yan Xin Qigong belongs to a traditionalChinese comprehensive and scientific disciplinenewly formed and awaiting substantiveexploration. The “bigu” phenomenon, whichoccurs among certain qigong practitioners,entails the cessation of eating solid food forperiods of weeks to months and even yearswhile maintaining a normal daily life
Duringbigu, people also experience increased
Western representatives with bigu experiences
mental clarity, physical well-being and strength.About 50 scientific reports were presented,including individual bigu case reports,experimental studies of bigu at the cell level,qigong health effects, effects of qigong onphysical, chemical and life science as well asindustrial applications of qigong. People fromall walks of life reported their bigu experience,including a dozen each of the U.S. medicaldoctors and university professors. Familieswith young children were among the mostintriguing and attractive subjects in this bigustate. Extensive research, including continuous24 hrs/day TV monitoring at a major U.S.university, provided more evidence on thespecial nature of this state. One of the findingspresented at this conference was the bloodchemistry research that showed the chemicaldifference and metabolic response thatdifferentiated the bigu state from fasting. Tohint at what could be happening, Prof. Roy usedthe analogy of a very efficient car like the newToyota, which can run about 80 miles to thegallon instead of only 15 or 20 miles per gallon.The bigu state is a mind-body “balanced” statewhich needs only 250-300 calories or even lessinstead of the usual 2000 calories to run thehuman engine for a day.A large number of reports presented theeffects of qi-emission measured directly on themost sophisticated scientific instrumentation. In1999, in the international journal Materials
Prof. Duerr presents at the Bigu Conference

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