This article in MIT’s Technology Review talks about control of cell behavior with a magnetic field. Hmm.. could that have something to do with qigong’s mechanism? Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The approach could have a far-reaching impact, as many important cell receptors are activated in a similar way and might be controlled using Ingber’s method.

“In recent years, there has been a realization that physical events, not just chemical events, are important” to cell function, says Shu Chien, a bioengineer at the University of California, San Diego. Researchers have probed the effects of physical forces on cells by, for example, squishing them between plates or pulling probes across their surfaces. But none of these techniques work at as fine a level of control as Ingber’s magnetic beads, which act on single biomolecules.

I’m not saying a qigong adept can act on “single biomolecules” of course, but maybe the overall physical mechanism at work is similar. The TCM doctor is supposed to feel a qi blockage or a qi excess and act accordingly. That seems like a very general or aggregate assessment and treatment, whether it’s magnetic or what. Could this treatment make cells consume calcium or something like that? Hmm, seems like some interesting science projects could be done along these lines to get at this big mystery. The related article on cancer cells being softer was also fascinating.