The word "Qigong" was first coined in 1962, though the origin of Qigong dates back 5,000 years ago in ancient China. Historians have traced it’s use in Medicinal, Martial, and Spiritual practices for millennia. Qigong evolved over the millennia to become one of the most fundamental cornerstones of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with Acupuncture and Homeopathic Herbal Medicines.
Qigong provides a core group of benefits to improve health and well being. It’s gentle movements along with diaphragmatic breathing, stretch and strengthen muscles, improves balance and flexibility, and reduces inflammation in joints. These movements assist in improving the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body, massaging the internal organs vastly improving the immune system, and assisting in the removal of toxins.
The concept of Qi (pronounced chee) has been a fundamental belief in many eastern cultures for thousands of years. Qi in Mandarin means “energy”, or the “vital life force” that flows through all living things.
Gong means skill, exercise, or work. So essentially Qigong (also spelled Chi Kung) means “energy work”.
There are thousands of Qigong exercises falling into two categories: dynamic Qigong (Dong Gong), which is exercise, and tranquil Qigong (Jing Gong), which is meditation. For example Taiji (Tai Chi) is a form of
Dynamic Qigong. Chinese Medicine is inclusive of acupuncture, herbal remedies, and Qigong. Doctors of Chinese Medicine prescribe medical Qigong for their patients to assist in faster recovery time.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, disease is the result of weak or “sluggish” flow of Chi. Meridians of energy link all the organs and the entire physical body to the mind and emotions. The slow and gentle movements of Taijiquan/Qigong open up these “channels” of energy, and the rhythmic movement of the muscles, joints and spine facilitate the “pumping” of energy throughout the body, efficiently flushing out stagnant Chi, and replacing it with “fresh” oxygenated Chi.
In addition to working the meridian system, Taijiquan/Qigong also provides a gentle massaging of the internal organs, as well as clearing joints of calcium deposits. This is because the movements require the body to rotate 95 per cent of the ways it can be rotated.
Performing Yi Chuan, Qigong and Taijiquan correctly, the body, mind, and spirit must move in unison. The principle of “unity” is one of the most profound of the six different principles governing both Taijiquan and Qigong. Western forms of calisthenics contrast this principle in that movement of various parts of the body happens independently. Research has shown that Taijiquan/Qigong provides all the benefits of a rigorous workout, but because it is not strenuous it carries no potentially harmful side effects.
Anyone can practice Qigong. Because there is sitting, standing, walking, moving and lying Qigong, there are techniques suitable for every age and physical condition and an ideal regimen for those experiencing disability.
The U.S. National Institute of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine has funded Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) research projects at twelve major Universities including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and John Hopkins. Hundreds of other Universities now offer Qigong classes in their Medical Programs.
Qigong is an excellent compliment to any Western medicinal modality for lowering stress and supercharging the immune system. Qigong is also a simple and fun daily exercise system for personal healthcare for mind, body and spirit. Here are but a few of the many benefits of Yichuan, Qigong and Taijiquan. Research has shown that there exists no medical condition that cannot be improved upon through the use of Yi Chuan, Qigong and Taijiquan.
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