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Chinese hypnosis can cause qigong induced mental disorders

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:803
  1. Sing Lee, associate professor of psychiatry (

    EDITOR—Qigong (“exercise of vital energy”) is a Chinese healing system based on trance. It consists of meditational or movement exercise, or both, induced by use of a highly culture syntonic set of suggestions based on the concept of qi (vital energy). It has been estimated that about 5% of China's 1.3 billion people practise qigong, so this may be the most common form of “hypnosis” practised globally. Vickers and Zollman have …

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