Summary of the Results of
a Falun Gong Health Survey1
A large-scale survey was conducted in October 1998 by a group of medical professionals in Beijing2 to evaluate the health benefits of practicing Falun Gong. Questionnaires were distributed to more than 200 practice sites in five civil districts in Beijing. The participants voluntarily filled out the self-evaluated health status questionnaires according to instructions. A total of 14,199 questionnaires were collected, among which 12,731 were considered valid (i.e., all questions were answered) and formed the basic database. The results showed that the healing rate of diseases by practicing Falun Gong was 99%, with a cure rate of 58.5%. The physical health improvement rate was 80.3% and mental health improvement was 96.5%. The survey indicated that practitioners of Falun Gong could obtain remarkable health improvement.
Demographic data of the group
Gender distribution: 27.9% of the survey population was male, 72.1% female. Age distribution: 50 or older, 67.5%; 21–49, 30.8%; 20 or younger, 1.7%. Length of practice history: less than one year, 25%; one to three years, 53%; more than three years, 22%. It can be seen that the survey population represented an older group, the majority of which are women. Half of them had practiced one-to-three years.
Only 6.6% of people started the practice with no known disease. While 20% had one disease, 23.6% had two diseases, and 49.8% had three or more diseases. After practicing Falun Gong, 58.5% of them fully recovered, 24.9% mostly recovered, and 15.7% partially recovered. Only 0.9% experienced no improvement. So, the total healing rate was 99.1%. A savings of RMB¥5.14 million in the survey population was achieved each year, based on RMB¥3,270 (~US$654) saving per capita.
Effectiveness of improving physical and mental health
Before practicing Falun Gong, 14.4% of people reported "hardly can work." After practicing, only 1.3% report "hardly can work;" and 80.3% of practitioners experienced physical health improvements. The "very energetic" survey population increased from 3.5% before practicing to 55.3% after practicing.
Before practicing Falun Gong, only 5.9% of the survey population reported feeling "happy;" 24.1% felt "very stressed," 28.3% felt "stressed," and 41.7% reported feeling "normal." After practicing Falun Gong, 56.6% of the survey population reported their mental-health status as "happy," 39.8% reported "improved" or "greatly improved," and only 3.6% reported "no change." The improvements in physical and mental health were closely correlated.
Following the teachings of Falun Dafa, genuine practitioners constantly raise their Xinxing (mind-nature and morality), besides practicing Gong (exercises). As a result, they have gained both physical and mental health. Today, with an average annual savings of RMB¥3,270 (~US$654) per capita, over 100 million practitioners worldwide have cut healthcare costs tremendously.
1: This summary is based on an original survey report, which is available on the web site www.falundafa.ca.
2: The group of medical professionals who conducted the survey was from the following institutions:
China Union Medical University, Basic Science College
China Union Medical University Hospital
Beijing Medical University
Beijing Hospital No.2
The Chinese People's Military General Hospital 304
The Chinese People's Police General Hospital
Chinese Traditional Medicine Research Institute, Xiyun Hospital