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14th World Congress on Qigong & TCM  


Awardees of the 14th World Congress on Qigong &

Tai Chi Master of the Year Award
Master Hong Yuan Luo
Internal Martial Arts Master of the Year Award

Master Qi Fei Long
Scientist of the Year Award
Dr. Chenchen Wang

Patient of the Year Award

Kathryn Davey

Qigong Master of the Year Award
Master Mantak Chia
TCM Innovator of the Year Award
Dr. Qin Xiping
Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Effie Chow

The 14th World Congress of Qigong and TCM got a big thumb-up

Article from National Tai Chi Examiner by Violet Li
Read full article and pictures here

This year Toronto, Canada, hosted the World Congress of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). With a leadership team of Dr. Effie Chow (San Francisco, CA), Dr. Stanley Ngui (Toronto, Canada), Master Justin Ngui (Toronto, Canada) and Dr. Shin Lin (Irvine, California), this year’s Congress created a new height in term of the numbers of attendees, the depth and breadth of the program.

The congress began on Friday May 25 evening. At the opening ceremony, the Congress President Dr, Ngui and the Chairman Dr. Chow warmly welcomed over 1,000 people in the audience and encouraged them to open their hearts to experience everything presented at the Congress. The opening ceremony continued with beautiful music and dance performances, including an unforgettable and exhilarating Lion Dance and Dragon of the Orient performance. The performances of martial arts and acrobatics were outstanding with skilled precision. The audience experienced the mastery of Shaolin Kung Fu and hard Qigong demonstrations and they were thrilled and amazed. The energy level both on the stage and in the audience was incredibly high. Julie Gunnerson (Apple Valley, Minnesota) said that she was completely enthralled.

Saturday and Sunday were workshop days. Masters and senior instructors from the US, Canada, Japan, China, Thailand, Italy, and Romania were there to share their knowledge and powerful Qi with the attendees. They covered many topics including: various styles of Qigong and the unlimited power of Qi, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tai Chi Push Hands, Tai Chi forms, Feug Shui and the Microcosmic Orbit. There was so much to learn and experience. These workshops opened people’s minds to infinite possibilities, strengthened their Qi and healed them in body, mind, and spirit. Again, Julie Gunnerson said “Imagine being in the presence of all of these incredible people. It was an exhilarating experience!” Panel discussions were held with views shared on all aspects of TCM. The Congress included lots of laughter and hugs, as prescribed by Dr. Chow. Even though the Congress attendees were people from all over the world, the connection was strong.

Saturday concluded with a gala banquet and program. Wonderful food, Qigong demonstrations, interesting lectures, and Tai Chi Sword demonstrations were all a part of the evening. After dinner, participants enjoyed music and dancing. The place was electrified as masters, instructors and congress attendees danced, laughed, and enjoyed each other’s company throughout the night.

Sunday morning was science symposium led by Dr. Shin Lin with the presentations by outstanding research scientists Dr. Randall Waechter, Dr. Shu-Ming Wang, Dr. Ge Wu and Dr. Chenchen Wang on the health benefits of Tai Chi, Qigong and TCM. There were also workshops hosted by masters throughout the day.

More education and fun were available on Monday. Attendees had the opportunity to broaden their knowledge further by attending a six-hour workshop in their particular area of interest. Many found them extremely beneficial.

With the success of this year’s Congress, it was decided that the next Congress will be held in San Francisco in conjunction with the Asian Heritage Street Festival on May 17 – 20 and celebration activity in China.

13th World Congress on Qigong & TCM

Awardees of the 13th World Congress on Qigong & TCM

Judo Master of the Year
Keiko Fukuda SenseiQigong Master of the Year
Master Mingtong GuQigong/Martial Arts Movie Star of the Year
Cary‐Hiroyuki TagawaMartial Artists of the Year
Sifu Phillip Wong and Zhang Hong Mei – Pacific WushuQigong Hard Qi Performer/Healer of the Year
GrandMaster Zhou Ting‐Jue

Community Service of the Year
Dr. Charlene Ossler RN, PhD

Naturopathic Doctor of the Year
Dr. Sharyn Wynters

Scientist of the Year
Dr. Shu‐Ming Wang

Tai Chi/Media Excellence of the Year
Arthur Edward Rosenfeld

TCM School of the Year
Five Branches University ‐ President Ron Zaidman and Dean Joanna ZhaoQigong

Cancer Specialist of the Year
Drs. Thomas and Janet Wu

This landmark educational 13th World Congress on Qigong/TCM became a pivotal fundraiser for the devastating Japan Disaster. This Congress, dedicated to raising funds for the Japan Relief Fund, brought together these academic luminaries with a wide range of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine scholars and practitioners. They focused on the science and practices of these two ancient approaches to health. A distinguished faculty of over 55 Qigong/TCM practitioners, complemented by celebrities Qigong Martial Artist and film star, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and author/naturopathic doctor to the stars, Dr. Sharyn Wynters who cured her cancer with natural healing. Also included were many other experts from Italy, Romania, Croatia, Japan, England, and other parts of the world. The scientific presentations were enhanced by experiential, hands-on sessions.

12th World Congress on Qigong & TCM

Awardees of the 12th World Congress on Qigong & TCM

Tai Chi Master of the Year

Sifu May Chen Chinese Medicine / Qigong Master of the Year
Dr. Philip Yang
Martial Artist of the Year
Master Shi YanranQigong Master of the Year
Master Chunyi LinScientist of the Year
Michael Irwin, MD

Miracle Client of the Year
John Kyle

TCM School of Excellence of the Year
American College on Traditional Chinese Medicine

Humantarian of the Year
Robert Plath

Award for Global Excellence of the Year
Mahendra Kumar Trivedi

After a whole year preparation and with sponsorships from East West Academy of Healing Arts (EWAHA), TC Media & KungFu Magazine and 22 other outstanding organizations and companies, the 12th World Congress on Qigong and the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was concluded successfully on April 25 in San Francisco, California. Dr. Effie Chow, president of East West Academy of Healing Arts and founder and Chair of the Congress, announced that with the vast interest from the participants, the Working Committee of the World Congress will expand the Scientific Symposium portion of the event to a full day program. The Congress will invite more scientists and scholars to present their valuable research on Taichi, Qigong and the TCM.

This year the World Congress on Qigong & TCM joined the effort with the World Taichi & Chi Gong Day (WTCQD) to address the most essential elements for the health of human beings as well as of the planet. Dr. Chow stated in the opening ceremony that energy, air, food, and water are the basics which deserve the global awareness. While the health care reform bill is starting to be implemented in the U.S., there is still time to voice out that natural health care, i.e. TCM, Medical Chi Gong and Taichi Chuan, is mainstream and should play an important role in our future health care system.

David Chiu (President of San Francisco Board of Supervisor), Gavin Newsom (Mayor of San Francisco), Mark Leno (Senator of 3rd District), Leland Yee (California State Senator), Tom Ammiano (Assemblyman of 13th Assembly District), and Eric Mar (Supervisor of San Francisco District 1) sent their congratulations, greetings and proclamations for this event. David Chiu, president of the Board of Supervisors appeared at the Grand Opening to present to Dr. Effie Chow a proclamation of April 24th 2010 asTai Chi and Qigong Day in San Francisco.

The activity-loaded Congress was kicked off at 10 am PST with a Lion Dance performed by Leung’s White Crane in the Union Square, San Francisco. This free, well-designed outdoor program was divided into four groups by functions: live Taichi and Chi Gong performance by masters and their students, general practice of simple Taichi and Chi Gong forms by the audience led by masters, live medical Chi Gong healing demonstration by masters, and testimonies by the patients of medical Chi Gong. The weather was gorgeous with bright sunshine and gentle breeze. Many pedestrians joined the celebration and enjoyed the free show which ended at 3 pm on Saturday.

Sifu May Chen of Ohlone College and students demonstrated Taichi Chi Gong and the fluid Yang Style Taichi Routine 24 Form (see video clip below). Ann Colichidas, Cathy Cheung, and Joe Quinn led an international group Chow Qigong students in the Precious Eight practice. Dr. JD Zhang performed daring Chi Gong feat which he used Chi Gong with his left eyelid to lift a bucket with water using a fine thread. Carol Ayers and others played the Taiko Drum. The Shaolin Temple San Francisco shocked the audience with its hard style Chi Gong performance with many daring acts. Master Wayne Peng and Sophia Zhou did a Zhao Bao Style Taichi Form. Sifu Philip Wong, Mei Zhang Hong and students from the Pacific Wushu Corp exhibited highly entertaining kungfu routines.

Famous PBS/KQED Taichi program host Lee Holden led the crowd to experience the Magic of Chi Gong. Dr. Roger Jahnke shared with the audience the “Tai Chi Easy” movements which lifted the spirit of the attendees.

Dr. Hidy Hiraoka and students used Cosmo Power to bounce people off and block attacks. Dr. Stanley Ngui and Master Justin Ngui utilized the Six Healing Sounds to relieve pain and discomfort of the voluntary participants. Dr. Chow also applied Breath & Brush Qi Power to ease the pain of the audience who came forward voluntarily.

Chow Qigong students and clients Michael Hernandez, Crane Kirkbride, Deborah Hatch, John Kyle (via wife Ann Colichidas), and Carolyn Bass testified their healing experience with the audience.

Saturday’s exciting Grand Finale produced by Sifu Philip Wong, and Mei Zhang Hong

featured the Pacific Wushu Corp student groups of all ages exhibiting highly entertaining performances of Wushu and Taichi Quan.

During the Saturday night’s Gala held in historical Whitcomb Hotel, Musician and Calligraphy Master Terry Luk led a 10-person Chinese Orchestra and performed a number of famous Chinese folk songs. In addition to award presentation (see Winners of 12th World Congress on Qigong & TCM Awards for the awards and their recipients), Dame Dr. Sandra Rose Michael and Dr. Roger Jahnke shared their views on the current Chi Gong development with the attendees. There were astonishing healing performance by Dr. Effie Chow and Dr. Philip Lei Yang and entertaining shows by Dr. JD Zhang, Xiaole Li, and the monks of the Shaolin Temple San Francisco.

The Scientific Symposium was chaired and organized by Dr. Shih Lin of UC-Irvine. ProfessorJonathan Schooler of UC-Santa Barbara reported the “Using mind-wandering to assess the impact of mediation on mindfulness”. Gloria Gronowicz, PhD, examined the “Effect of human bioenergy on cellular function in cultured cells”. Dr. Ge Wu of University of Vermont shared an interesting research of “Biomechanical analysis of movements” and compared the result of practicing Taichi versus walking or climbing stairs. She also introduced a Tele-Taichi project to promote the long-term Taichi practice and its benefits. Dr. Michael Irwin of UCLA talked about the research result of “Improving Immunity and Sleep in Older Adults by practicing Taichi”. Dr. Shin Lin’s topic of “Introduction of the Convergence of Eastern and Western Medicine for Optimal Health and Healing” energized the attendees by highlighting the future of medicine. There will be separate articles to report these presentations in this column at examiner.com.

During the Sunday Luncheon, Lama Tantrapa and Dr. Linda Hole shared their passion about Chi Gong Coaching and Hawaiian Chi Gong Style respectively with the audience.

Sunday afternoon, there were eight different workshops: Dr. Philip Lei Yang on Medical Chi Gong, Dr. Sandra Michael on “the DNA Creative Dance and Healing”, Sifu May Chen on “Eight Section Brocade”, Dr. Hayano on Chi Gong Healing Basic, Dr. Stanley Ngui on “Happiness the Qigong way”, Dr. Alex Feng on “Medical Chi Gong”, Dr. Michael Mayer on “Psychotherapy and Chi Gong”, and Lama Tantrapa on “How to overcome anxiety, insomnia, and depression.” Since these workshops were held simultaneously in two sessions, many attendees felt it was hard to pick only two over the others.

In the Sunday evening, there was a special presentation by the Trivedi Foundation to highlight some of the amazing research results of the Trevedi Effect. A mass blessing to the attendees was also performed by Trivedi’s two senior disciples.


11th World Congress on Qigong & TCM


September 19-23, 2008

Awardees of 11th World Congress on Qigong/TCM

Medical Qigong Master
Stanley Ngui, Dr.TCM, Dr. Ac, DNM Qigong Scientist of the Year
Guang H, Yue, PhD
Martial Artist of the Year
Jack Tu Martial Artist Publication
Jwing Ming Yang, PhD Tai Chi of the Year
Master Anguang Sun

Qi-Technology of the Year
Sandra Rose Michael, PhD

Outstanding Public Service of the Year
Leland Yee, PhD

Master Sports Qigong of the Year
Peter Andraes

Community Service Award
Donna Fujii

Media Excellence of the Year Award
Lee Holden

Miracle Client of the Year Award
Jolyn Parker

Qi-Animal of the Year
Ziggy (Yao Yap)

People from all over the San Francisco Bay Area participated in the 11th annual World Congress on Qi Gong and American Qi Gong Association Conference on September 19-21. The event was held at the Golden Gateway Holiday Inn in San Francisco.

This event served to educate the public about the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Events will include Tai Chi and Qi Gong demonstrations for the public by renowned Masters, group Qi cultivation and community vendor booths.

This year’s conference theme addressed the planetary plight of environmental degradation and global warming. In Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and basic Taoist theory, the actions of human beings integrally affect the planet and vice versa. This fusion of science and traditional healing arts is one of the primary objectives for the Congress.

10th World Congress on Qigong & TCM

October 5-7, 2007

The 10th World Congress was held in Tokyo, Japan and was in conjunction with The World Qigong Forum 2007. The event was carried out by a joint sponsorship of The All Japan Shaolin Temple Qigong Associon, the World QIgong Union and the NPO Qigong Culture Center. This year’s event aimed at the promotion of the mutual interchange between people in the Qigong field as well as the urging of Qigong skills and development. The 10th World Congress combined the event with the First International Assembly of the Shaolin Temple and the First Qigong Science and Culture Festival in Tokyo. Many illuminataries and speakers gathered from all over the world from places such as Spain, China, Japan and the US. Speakers included people like Shin Lin, the Chairman of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Research Association of America, Qin Xiping, Head of all Japan Shaolin Temple Association, and Dr. Gaspar Garcia, Director of National Qigong Association of Spain.

9th World Congress on Qigong & TCM

November 10-12, 2006


CAM (Complementary & Natural Healthcare) Expo featured the exciting 9th World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles. Over 65 Qigong Masters as well as prestigious scientists and other presenters from all around the world gathered to discuss and share their findings, skills and studies. National Geographic filmed some special accomplishments and feats produced by Grandmaster TU, martial artist who performed at the Congress. The Saturday evening performance exemplified Grandmaster TU and his family, many of whom are martial artists, international and national champions, musicians, artists and possesses other talents.

8th World Congress on Qigong & TCM

November 18-21, 2005


Awardees of 8th World Congress on Qigong/TCM

Qigong Scientist of the Year
Beverly Rubik
Qigong Master of the Year
Dr Xiping Qin
Community Service Award
Frances Brisbane, PHD Media Excellence of the Year Award
Bill Douglas Model of Miraculous Qigong Healing
Elizabeth Monacelli

The 8th World Congress on Qigong/TCM was held in the Golden Gate Holiday Inn in San Francisco. The aim was to address the relationship between the individual’s optimum health and the health of the Planet. Over 50 speakers were present in the event from Dr. Qin Xiping, Master Roy Ngui and Master Gao Zhi Xiang. Personal consultations for obesity were also offered. Topics covered ranged from research, Qigong in health care, medical successes (Master Wnag Yang’s success in treating over 15,000 patients) and more!

7th World Congress on Qigong & TCM
November 12-15 2004

Awardees of 7th World Congress on Qigong/TCM

Qigong Scientist of the Year
Shin Lin, PhD
Qigong Master of the Year
Hui Liu, Grandmaster
Community Service Award
Kay Lahdenpera, RN, MPH Media Excellence of the Year Award
Gigi Oh Miracle Client of the Year Award
Taylor Benbough

The Seventh World Congress on Qigong and the Seventh American Qigong Association Conference was held November 12-15 at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francsico, California. Co-sponsored by the East West Academy of Healing Arts, the Congress was truly a “healing” event, featuring over 40 of the world’s best known qigong masters, martial artists and scientists. Part of the proceeds went to support Children and Youth for Healing and Peace, as well as the USA Wushu Sports Team, so that it can compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Assemblyman Leland Yee, a long-time advocate ofqigong and Asian healing, also attended the conference.

The conference featured discussions from several of the country’s leading experts onqigong, including:

  • David Felten, MD, PhD (“How Mental/Psychological States and Mind/Body Practices Can Affect the Immune System and Influence the Risk of Chronic Diseases”)
  • Effie Chow, PhD, RN, LAc, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), qigong grandmaster, founder and president of East West Academy of Healing Arts (“The Energetics of Chow Medical Qigong/Traditional Chinese Medicine: Giving Hope Where There Was None”)
  • May Loo, MD (“Integrating East and West in Human Development The Yellow Emperor Meets Freud and Piaget”)
  • Tom Wu, MD (France), PhD, CN, DSc, and Janet Wu, PhD, ND, DD (“Qigong — Medication Without Medicine”)
  • Professor Yong Si, president, International Association of Traditional Chinese Medical Qigong(“Demonstration: Introduction of Chi-Pulse Therapy”)
  • Jian-Dong Zhang, MD (China) (Qigong Plays an Important Part in the Spiritual, Mental and Physical Health of Seniors”)
  • Sadayo Hayano, PhD (“Quantum Gathering Qi and Dissipative Brain Qi“)
  • Melinda Conner, PhD (“Distance Energy Transmission”)
  • Hui Liu, qigong grandmaster, Wen Wu School of Martial Arts (“Dayan Qigong Unveiling the Ancient Practice of Mind and Body Healing”)

6th World Congress on Qigong & TCM
December 19-21, 2003

Awardees of 6th World Congress on Qigong/TCM
Qigong Master of the Year
Steven Aung, MD
Qigong Scientist of the Year
Yoshio Machi, MD, PhD
Senior Visionary of the Year Award
James Chen, MD Junior Visionary of the Year Award
Adam “Dreamhealer”– Humanitarian Award of the Year
Viola Chow Ong

1st Miracle Client of the Year
Hope Spencer

The 6th World Congress on Qigong/TCM was held in the Downtown Marriott in San Francisco. It was a fun Christmas Medical Qigong – Energy Healing Congress experiencewith focus on youth and families and elders. And other areas of focus were:fostering Peace in the World, self-help, self-care, wellness, sports, beauty and longevity, rehabilitation, paralysis, cancer, obesity, professional and personal development, policy-issues, funding, setting up a Qigong practice, to bring back the emphasis on the powerful healing of spiritual energy at Christmas and for all times. Keynote speakers included Steven Aung, MD, Grandmaster Ching Sheng Tu and Adam the “Dreamhealer.” Other speakers included doctors, scientists and masters such as Master Bingkun Hu, Shin Lin Ph.D, Yoshio Machi and Michael Mayer PH.D.

5th World Congress on Qigong & TCM

November 12-15, 2004

Awardees of 5th World Congress on Qigong/TCM

Community Service Award
Alex Feng, L.Ac
Qigong Scientist of the Year
Kangmin Shu, MD
Humanitarian Award of the Year
Deepak Chopra, MD Qigong Master of the Year: Wushu and Medical Qigong
Chin-Sheng Tu, Master

Visionary of the Year Award
Konstantin G. Korotkov, PhD

1st Children & Youth Project for Healing and Peace Award
Nicholas Martin Tschense

Qigong Master of the Year: Soul & Spirit
Zhi Gang Sha, Master

Qigong Master of the Year: Hard Qi and Medical Qigong
Jian-Dong Zhang, MD

At the Fifth World Congress on Qigong, devotees from around the world gathered together to learn more about the Chinese tradition of energy healing as top scientists and supporters of this ancient art and science grappled with strategies for bringing its benefits to the attention of mainstream America.

“How to advance the cause of building the public’s acceptance of alternative healing will not come from research but from clinical outcomes,” said Rustum Roy, one of the leading materials scientists in the U.S. and a supporter of whole person healing practices such as qigong. “We should go where the public wants: and the public wants healing, not theory.”

Roy was speaking at a Sunday morning forum of the qigong congress, held Nov. 1-4, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in San Francisco. The conference drew 300 participants to dozens of workshops on qigong practice, healing, theory and research. San Francisco Grandmaster Effie Chow led participants through several sessions, most remarkably helping U.S. veteran William Tune, bound in a wheelchair for the last 12 years, stand up, walk and even dance to great applause at the closing plenary session. Taoist Master Alex Feng of Oakland taught a group of more than 50 “The Dance of the Five Animals,” a rarely-seen second century form of internal Qi mimicking the movements of tiger, bear, deer, monkey and bird created by the famous Chinese physician Hua Tuo. Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, a leading physicist and mathematician from St. Petersburg, discussed his latest technological advances for measuring and analyzing energy fields. U.S. Olympic great Phillip Shinnick talked about a lifetime of involvement in bringing Eastern traditions of self-healing and meditation to sports in which top athletes routinely access altered states of consciousness in their performance. Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, Director of Medical Research at the Heart Disease Research Foundation, talked about research on the beneficial effects of qigong treatment on problems such as cancer, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

Qi, a fundamental concept of traditional Chinese medicine often translated as “life force” or “living energy,” is believed to flow through the body in known pathways or channels. If qi channels are blocked – by environmental or emotional factors – a person may become sick. Qigong, the practice or training of qi, can take many forms, including breathing techniques, movement, and meditation. A burgeoning body of scientific literature in the relatively new field of subtle energy studies has begun to document the efficacy of qigong practice on sick, paralyzed and even terminally-ill patients. While the tradition emphasizes self-healing practices, particularly knowledgeable and gifted practitioners, known as grandmasters, are able to transmit their qi to heal others.

At the kick-off luncheon Friday, best selling author Deepak Chopra, a world leader in mind-body medicine, told a packed audience that “a revival of ancient wisdom” offers hope in a world of turbulence and chaos.

Awardees of 4th World Congress on Qigong/TCM

Community Service Award
Janet Wu, PhD, ND, DD & Tom Wu, MD, PhD, CN, DSc
Qigong Master of the Year
Wenwei Ou
Qigong Scientist of the Year Award
Professor Zhong Peng Lin Visionary of the Year
Rustum Roy

4th World Congress on Qigong & TCM


May 4-7, 2001

Friday, May 4th marked a Red Letter Day heralding in the 4-day World Qigong Congress regale which transported participants into compelling expansions of the mind, breathless scintillations, witty jocularity, profound scholarly deliberations, playful merrymaking and gustful aperitifs that tickled the palette and ladened the eye rich with scrumptious delights to tickle their fancy.

From novitiates, to apprentices and master healers, those seeking a fresh lease of life and health, or to simply tread into enchanted ground where spirit engages the mind, heart and soul..over 500 people attended the Congress from twelve countries. These included Canada, China, England, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Romania, Sweden, Netherlands, Thailand and the U.S..

Pundits, Masters of the Art and Science of Qigong, Philosophers, Sophists – men and women of learning – luminaries from around the world – descended upon sunny San Francisco for a stimulating 4 day gala event that brought inspiration, excitement and transformation.. All of fifty-five faculty/panelists represented an international consortium of top scientists, foreign dignitaries, government health policymakers, qigong masters and grandmasters, qigong instructors, practitioners, and others. There were thirty co-sponsors who represented various professional organizations, universities, health care agencies/organizations, Qigong organizations/institutes/health care centers, publications and others. In the modest Exhibit Hall, eighteen exhibitor booths of co-sponsors, faculty/presenters, Qigong health care organizations, and a charming corner bookstore engrossed passer bys their displays of wares, baubles and freebies to enlighten and inform.

This highly successful event had several exciting components: 1) the Congress was arranged this year to offer a variety of captivating concurrent workshops, expert panels, scholarly consensus forums, participatory general sessions and lots of audience hands on experience, demonstrations and teachings with some of the top masters on Qigong in the world; 2) a successful Press Event resulting in over eight press releases ; 3) the rare and highly lauded Pre & Post Master Workshop offerings; 4) the exuberant celebrations of World Qigong Week (4/30-5/6/01) and Qigong Day (5/5/01) which included a sumptuous gala feast and titillating Fire Dragon Ceremony; and 5) to many the most personally magical, gratifying and fascinating event – private consultations by appointment with Master Qigong Healers – an often once-in-a-lifetime experience of self-discovery, release, transformation and healing.

The Congress received several warm congratulatory and support letters, some of which included the World Health Organization, Dr. Xiaorui Zhang, Acting Coordinator of Traditional Medicine, Department of Essential Drugs and Medicine Policy; the Honorable U.S. Senator Tom Harkins; Stephen E. Straus, MD, Director, of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institute of Health; US Public Health Service (USPHS), Department of Health and Human Services, Region X; and E. Ratcliff Anderson, Jr., MD, Executive Vice President, CEO, American Medical Association

The Congress received two Proclamations for World Qigong Week and Qigong Day, one from the City and County of San Francisco, presented by the Honorable, Willie Lewis Brown, Jr., Mayor of San Francisco; and one from the Mayor of Platsburg, New York, presented by Fran Starr, PhD, RN from Platsburg, NY.

With the culminating effects of preceding annual World Congresses, the 4th Congress also accomplished a major coupe de triumph with multi-faceted public health policy recommendation goals. With due sense of present mindfulness and an enlarged compass of thought, a sapient atmosphere was created and a fire of genius swept through forum panelists and testifiers as the mission of reaching consensus unfolded and gained momentum. With great deliberation and energy, participants volleyed postulations, first principles and axioms. A profundity of spirited exchanges of personal reflections and group precepts, principles and maxims were thus formulated by synchronicity and group synergy regarding the appropriate and ethical integration of Qigong into mainstream healthcare.

Along with recommendations culminated through the previous Congresses and the Summit, further data was primarily obtained from two special forums: 1) Qigong Policy Recommendations Forum chaired by Evelyn Lee, PhD and co-chaired by Frances Brisbane, PhD. The Forum members were comprised of complementary/alternative health care professional organizations and discussed the four topic areas used by the WHCCAMP. Faculty/presenters, exhibitors, and participants were encouraged to participate and testify on Qigong regarding these same four topic areas which were entered into the data sent to WHCCAMP and others; 2) Science Forum chaired by Marilyn Schultz, PhD and co-chaired by Beverly Rubik.

Awardees of 3rd World Congress on Qigong/TCM

Qigong Master of the Year
Wang Yan
Qigong Master of the Year
Binhui He

Qigong Scientist Group of the Year
International Society of Life Information Visionary of the Year
Nan Lu, OMD, L.Ac World Humanism Award of the Year
Effie Poy Yew Chow, PhD, RN, DiplAc


3rd World Congress on Qigong & TCM


November 19-21 1999

The Third World Congress and the 2nd American Qigong Association Conference was held in San Francisco, CA on November 19-21 at the Golden Gateway Holiday Inn.

Collectively there were over 700 people attending with representation from over 16 countries. Letters were received from The United States President Bill Clinton, The White House Public Liaison Office, the Bureau of Primary Health Care, The National Home Care Association, and the United Staates Public Health Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Region X. The Mayor of San Francisco Willie L. Brown presented the Proclamation for World Qigong Week. A great many people said that it was quite a healing journey for them!


Over 73 speakers representing top scientists, policymakers, qigong masters and grand masters. The conference had general sessions and breakout sessions. It celebrated the World Qigong week and day, with World Qigong week being the 15th to 21st, and World Qigong Day being Saturday, November 20th. To celebrate World Qigong Day there were also VIPs and celebrities at the gala, Saturday night at the magnificent historic SF city hall. The Mayor opened the congress on Friday night with warm greetings. At the City Hall Saturday night was a gala reception. Awards were presented. The Qigong master of the year. Two people tied for that award. Binhui He from China for his work with cancer and Wang Yan from the Netherlands for weight loss, smoke cessation and skin conditions. The scientist of the year took a creative turn and was awarded to the group in Japan, ISIS. (president and org name). The Visionary Award, which was a surprise award for Dr. Chow in 1997, was carried on and the 1999 Visionary Award was presented to Dr. Nan Lu for his work in women’s health and being a visionary for the system of Chinese Medicine. He has developed the first newspaper on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Then a surprise of the Humanitarian Award of the Year, was presented to a shocked Dr. Effie Chow. Dr. Chow, president of the EWAHA, was chair of the Congress and Dr. Frances L. Brisbane, PhD, Professor and Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was co-chair with Dr. Nan Lu, OMD, L.Ac, president of the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, and Dr. Richard D. Yennie, DC, DiplAc (NCCA). There was a premier showing of Garri Garripoli’s PBS commissioned film on Qiqong. And the title of that film is “Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st century.” James Shigeta, a famous movie star who was the narrator graced us with his appearance. Other celebrities included Sally Kirkland, and golf world celebrities Tom Patrick, Marilyn Patrick and Peter Andraes. Including the performance of the entertainment group Golden Star Attractions, Inc introduced by Diana Hung who presented very exciting hard kung fu demonstrations to demonstrate the potential of the human strength.

There were numbers of exhibitors ranging from Nutrition to Massage to Publications/ Books and special health tools and gadgets. There were healings on the spot as well. In one workshop for example, three people who had very bad hearing and who leaned forward in the chair and cocked their particular good ear forward so they could hear, even then they would ask for repeats. In working with each one for about 5 minutes, their hearing improved to the point where they could sit back, relaxed in their chair and could hear without asking for repeating of sentences. Another lady happy she was bent over about 90 degrees, 80 years old, joyous lady and in the one session of 3 minutes working and demonstrating on her, her whole spine straightened up, so she sat up straight instead of bent over (incorporate pictures). Many people remarked how peaceful and relaxed they feel, how open and how much more grounded. The eyes were clearer and the stomach distress, tension and definitely many pains were relieved.

2nd World Congress on Qigong & TCM

November 21-23 1997

Awardees of 2nd World Congress on Qigong/TCM
Qigong Master of the Year
Sifu Kiew Kit Wong
KI Master of the Year
Katsumi Niikura
Qigong Scientist of the Year
Lida Feng, PhD Visionary of the Year
Effie Poy Yew Chow, PhD, RN, DiplAc (NCCAOM) Recognized for his accomplishments in the Promotion of Qigong
Ken Sancier, PhD


The Second World Congress on Qigong where more than 60 masters and medical professionals presented papers and about 500 participants from 16 countries attended were held in San Francisco from 21st to 23 rd November 1997.

The theme of the congress was to demonstrate and broaden the influence of Qigong (Qigong) as a viable, essential practice for enhancing everyday life and as an effective factor in mainstream health care.

In his welcoming message, President Clinton of theUnited Statessaid, “as we seek to improve health care and relieve suffering, it is incumbent upon us to understand and learn more about different medicines and therapies.”

Dr Marilyn H. Gaston, the Assistant Surgeon General Director of theU.S.told the congress, “I look forward to receiving conference proceedings or any information I may wish to share with health centers throughout the Nation.”

The papers presented included reports of scientific research on the effects of Qigong in overcoming illness and promoting health, as well as explanation on different beneficial aspects of Qigong such as for youthfulness and beauty, martial arts, corporate health and inner peace.

Papers of this Congress as well as those of other important conferences may be obtained from Dr. Kenneth Sancier, the President of the American Qigong Institute and a Director of the journal of the international Society of Life Information Sciences.

Two world awards were given, one to a master and the other a research scientist to acknowledge their outstanding contribution to Qigong:

    • The “Qigong Master of the Year” award was won by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit of Shaolin Wahnam Qigong and Kung Fu of Malaysia.
    • The “Qigong Research Scientist of the Year” award was won by Professor Feng Li Da, the Director ofBeijingImmunology Research Centre ofChinaand Vice President of the World Medical Qigong Association.

Two Special Recognition Awards were presented to:

      • Dr Kenneth M. Sancer ofUSAwho had conducted much Qigong research and disseminated Qigong information
      • Master Katsumi Nikura ofJapan, who was internationally acclaimed in the promotion of ki (chi) in the martial arts and healing.

A special committee led by Assistant Professor Steven K.H. Aung, the President of the World Natural Medicine Foundation, was set up to draw up policies and recommendations for the World Health Organization and national health administrations as a concrete step towards enabling Qigong to play its essential role in mainstream health care.

In her report to the congress, committee member Assistant Professor Evelyn Lee of theUniversity of Californiasuccinctly described the present demand of the public for holistic well being as “an evolution coming from the people themselves.”

The World Qigong Federation, the American Qigong Association and other national chapters such as those ofCanada,France,Germany andMexico were inaugurated. The goals of the World Qigong Federation are:

      • promoting global unity through employing Qigong as a mainstream healing method and as a way to enhance the quality of life
      • defining Qigong as an essential component of complementary alternative medicine
      • integrating Qigong with western medicine
      • creating a link to the World Health Organization and informing policy makers
      • fostering creation of national associations
      • fostering cooperation among national Qigong associations while preserving their national character and uniqueness
      • fostering research

The great significance of this Second World Congress on Qigong may be reflected by the fact that the Mayor of San Francisco personally attended the opening plenary session to declare that week a Qigong Week.

In appreciation of the effort of the Congress Chairperson, “Dr Effie Chow Poy Yew”, the founder and President of East-West Academy of Healing Arts, to bring about this international gathering, the San Francisco community declared the opening day Dr Chow’s Day.

Those who wish to help in the formation of national chapters or to contribute in any way towards the goals of spreading the benefits of Qigong world-wide irrespective of race, culture or religion, are requested to contact the international co-ordinator, Dr. Effie Chow. Only with the international co-operation amongst masters, medical professionals, scientists, policy makers and other leaders, can the vision of global holistic well-being become a reality.

1st World Congress on Qigong & TCM


June 22-24, 1990


Awardees of 1st World Congress on Qigong/TCM

Qigong Master of the Year
Chia Mantak
Qigong Scientist of the Year
Yoshiaki Omura  

The first World Congress was held in UC Berkeley at the Clark Kerr Campus. The World Congress on Qigong & TCM was founded by Dr. Effie Chow of the East West Academy of Healing Arts. Many speakers and presenters were present in the first World Congress from Zhen Lin from the Department of Surgery in Beijing’s Jishuitan Hospital, Zhi Tian Wang of the Tianjin Normal University Hospital and Shu Guang Luo of the Qingdao Hospital of Chinese Medicine. The World Congresses was created to further knowledge and dissemination of information on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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