or "Qi-Gong) is an ancient Chinese discipline
that uses breathing exercises, movement, and mediation
to balance and strength the body's Qi (vital energy).
The practice of qi-gong is essentially Oriental
medicine without needle. Several of the martial
arts, including t'ai chi and kung fu, are derived
from qi-gong, but qi-gong itself is oriented more
toward healing and less toward self-defense than
these related practices.
Practice of qi-gong, they will
become educated about qi flow. That means millions
of more people will feel comfortable seeing an
acupuncturist /herbalist to diagnose and help
balance their qi. This is the real grassroots
foundation of the revolution in energy medicine
occurring in the West today.
Qi-gong, meaning "energy cultivation",
is intended to manipulate two forms of energy;
internal Qi and external Qi. Internal Qi can be
developed by the repetition of qi-gong's ritual
exercises and by meditation, a practice that is
believed to balance the body's energies and promote
internal wellness. Some qi-gong master are able
to emit external Qi, energy transmitted from one
person to another for healing purposes.
or "chi kung," is the ancient Chinese
art that means "mastering subtle energy."
When applied to healing, there are two basic modalities.
One is called "qi emission," in which
a medical qi gong therapist often employs TCM
(traditional Chinese medicine) style diagnosis
to assess the energetic patterns in the patient.
Qi-gong diagnosis may use pulses or off-the-body
methods of scanning the patient's qi field. Then
the qi-gong healer may tap into either his personal
or a universal energy field, which is then focused
and radiated into the patient's body lying on
a table or while sitting. This alters the energetic
matrix of the patient's meridians, and causes
their physical body to be reorganized or regenerated
to be free of the original injury or illness.
The patient may feel a gentle warmth or tingling
begin to flow in different parts of the body.
Depending on the skill of the healer, it can be
used with great success on anything from mild
headache to broken bones to sexual dysfunction
as well as chronic illnesses such as cancer and
aids. When combined with acupuncture, qi is sent
through the needles to regulate meridian flow,
allowing for much faster and deeper healing than
using needles without qi emission. This type of
qi gong therapy is already part of standard TCM
curriculum in mainland China.
practice can greatly improve overall health and
even help cure a wide variety of ailments. In
more serious diseases, patients usually employ
qi-gong along with conventional medical care to
speed recovery and alleviate pain.
Those wishing to practice qi-gong should begin
by studying with a teacher. The exercises are
deceptively simple and need to be performed over
and over again under the guidance of an expert
before the student begins to feel their effects.
There are literally thousands of qi-gong exercises,
but the techniques can be divided into standing,
sitting, and walking. Students may stand with
legs apart and breathe from the diaphragm in a
particular pattern while performing ritual movements
with arms and legs; or they may sit and roll objects
between their palms to stimulate energy points.
Walking may be slow and regular, or more random
and free. Student's may also practice meditation
techniques, focusing the mind on an energy point
while counting breaths.