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Chi-Gong ("chee-gong" 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.

Qi-gong, 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.

Qi-gong 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.

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