The Science behind the Wim Hof Method
Hitherto, both the autonomic nervous system and innate immune system were regarded as systems that cannot be voluntarily influenced. The present study demonstrates that, through practicing techniques learned in a short-term training program, the sympathetic nervous system and immune system can indeed be voluntarily influenced. -Proceedings of the National Academy for Sciences
The Start of Scientific Research
What Wim is capable of was long viewed as scientifically impossible. In 2007 the first scientific analysis was done at Feinstein Institute in New York. In 2011, the University Medical Center St. Radboud in Nijmegen really got the ball rolling. After running several tests they couldn’t but admit that Wim and others are able to voluntarily influence the Autonomic Nervous System. Something which up until then was thought impossible. This groundbreaking finding, published in PNAS and Nature, established credibility and bred curiosity among academia. Increasingly, researchers across a wide range of disciplines have since taken an interest, and various promising studies are currently underway.
What Wim is capable of was considered to be scientifically impossible. We are continuously working with various research institutions to explore the potential of the Wim Hof Method. A timeline of the research done up to this point is detailed below.
Ongoing research in collaboration with various institutions including Radboud University, AMC Medical Center, Stanford University and Hannover University.
Chapter: Biology Now - Endocrine and Immune systems - Testing the Iceman
Article: The Role of Outcome Expectancies for a Training Program Consisting of Meditation, Breathing Exercises, and Cold Exposure on the Response to Endotoxin Administration: a Proof-of-Principle Study
Authors: H. van Middendorp, M. Kox, P. Pickkers, A.W.M. Evers - Radboud University Medical Center
Article: Voluntary Activation of The Sympathetic Nervous System and Attenuation of the Innate Immune Response In Humans
Authors: M. Kox, P. Pickkers et al. - Radboud University Medical Center
Article: Controlled Hyperventialtion After Training May Accelerate Altitude Acclimatization
Authors: G. Buijze, M.T. Hopman
Article: Frequent Extreme Cold Exposure and Brown Fat and Cold-Induced Thermogenesis: A Study in a Monozygotic Twin
Authors: J. Vosselman, W.D. van Marken-Lichtenbeld - Maastricht University Medical Center
Article: The Influence of Concentration/meditation on Autonomic Nervous System Activity and the Innate Immune Response: A Case Study
Authors: M. Kox, M. Hopman, P. Pickkers. et al. - Radboud University Medical Center
Letter: Blood tests during meditation and breathing exercises in New York led by Dr. K. Kamler & G. Stewart
Study: Blood tests during meditation and breathing exercises Feinstein Institute led by Dr. K. Tracey