Research Report from Taiwan Illustrates the Power of Falun Gong in Improving Physical and Emotional Health While Reducing Health Care Expenses

PureInsight | March 15, 2004

[] Associate professor Dr. Hu Yu-Whuei from the Economics Department of National Taiwan University published a research report today showing that 72% of Falun Gong practitioners use only one health insurance card per year after practicing Falun Gong, a reduction in usage of almost 50%. [One health insurance card allows the recipient 6 visits to health care providers; beyond that, one has to renew the card.] Cultivating in Falun Gong has a powerful effect in eliminating destructive and addictive habits and in improving emotional heath. For those who have visited hospitals frequently for years, these results are a great blessing.


Press Conference about                      Dr. Hu Yu-Whuei                      Taiwanese Practitioners'
Research Findings                                                                                 Health Insurance Cards

This scientific research project included Falun Gong practitioners from all over Taiwan. For example, they did research in one fifth of all townships, towns, cities and districts, collected 1182 valid questionnaires, and arrived at their conclusions by means of statistical analysis.

The report pointed out that Falun Gong has a remarkable effect on getting rid of unhealthy habits, such as an 81% rate for quitting smoking, 77% rate for abstaining from alcohol, 85% rate for quitting gambling and 85% for completely giving up chewing betel nuts (an addictive and unhealthy habit common in Asia). These data prove that practicing Falun Gong indeed has positive and remarkable effects on improving the social environment.

Dr. Hu pointed out that the research shows that Falun Gong also offers great help in harmonizing one's emotions. The degree of satisfaction with one's health condition increased from 24% to 78%; satisfaction with one's ability to deal with daily activities increased from 36% to 81%. In addition, 33% of people had a tendency to be nervous and melancholy, but less than 3% reported such feelings after practicing.

Dr. Hu considered that, since financing for health insurance is in short supply currently, practicing Falun Gong is not only basically a way to effectively reduce medical expenses, but also it offers immeasurable benefits to people's physical and mental well-being. She thought the government and the academic circles should work together to gain a deeper understanding of Falun Gong's benefits to people's health. She hopes she can gain support from the Bureau of National Health Insurance to conduct more in-depth research on Falun Gong practitioners' health data.

Dr. Hu has studied health economics for many years and also is a Falun Gong practitioner. She performed this research based on her personal experience and academic knowledge, with the support from Taiwan Falun Dafa Association. It deserves attention and confirmation from all segments of society.

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