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The Study of the Health-Wellness Effects of Falun Gong: Applications to Counseling
There is growing awareness of Eastern meditative approaches in recent years in the West, and more people are turning to these practices for their health and wellness needs. Falun Gong presents as one such mind-body meditative practice. Little is known about the practice, its beneficial effects, and potential use in counseling. Based on the author’s dissertation research, the primary purpose of this paper is to introduce Falun Gong to the counseling community and to present a summary of this pioneering study completed under the auspices of the University of South Australia as partial fulfillment for the Doctor of Counseling degree. Dubbed the ‘Australian survey,’ the study explores the health-wellness effects of Falun Gong. Findings revealed that Falun Gong respondents are more likely to report excellent health, little or no use of medication, and less medical and health expenses than their friends and family who do not practice Falun Gong. Falun Gong respondents are also more optimistic about their health-wellness statuses. Data elicit interesting implications for our ageing population and counseling integration possibilities.