Chi Gong Research Foundation was founded in 1983, exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It qualifies as a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. It is dedicated to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing of individuals through understanding and enhancement of Chi (life force).
In April of 1986, the first group of Americans led by Dr. Chiu-Nan Lai, participated in the 23rd Waidangong instructors’ training course held in Taiwan (Waidangong is a form of Chi Gong). Nine countries were represented at this second international course, and over 120 people attended. The American group consisted of scientists, psychologists, medical doctors, nurses, businessmen, teachers and artists. Since then, many Americans, as well some Europeans, have participated in Waidangong classes throughout the U.S. Participants in these classes have reported improvements in physical and emotional wellbeing, and increased energy in particular. Some have also noted expansion of perceptions, and spiritual experiences.
Chi Gong from the Han dynasty is also taught to prepare the body for Waidangong. These Chi Gong exercises include a sequence of movements, sounds and visualizations taken from diagrams discovered in an ancient Han Tomb in Hunan province, China. Following the exercise, key acupuncture points on the head, ears and hands are massaged in a head and massage routine. The entire exercise routine takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.