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The Holistic Health Benefits of Qigong

The Holistic Health Benefits of Qigong

Qigong was developed by Taoist and Buddhist Masters in China approximately five thousand years ago.  It was thought that they based it on the movements of five animals (the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and crane.) Qigong which is pronounced (chee gung) is the life energy that flows through everything in the universe.  Qi means vital life energy and gong means skill or cultivated.  Together Qigong translates to ‘cultivating energy’.  It is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qigong is an older form of Tai Chi.The postures in Qigong are less complex than in Tai Chi.

The practices of Qigong encourage the body and mind to heal itself.  It is a combination of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions.  It enhances the medical, spiritual and martial practices.  The breathing techniques and different postures help to develop the person’s stamina, and contribute to the person’s overall health and wellbeing.

The gentle, graceful postures of Qigong increase energy and decrease stress.  It has being proven to stimulate the immune system, and strengthen the respiratory and lymphatic system.  It has also being found to help the circulatory and digestive process.

A  U.S study conducted in 2007 revealed that Qigong helped to reduce hypertension and diabetes.  This study was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Qigong changes brain chemistry which helps to alleviate pain, depression and unhealthy cravings.  Scientific studies which have been conducted in both China and America have shown that qigong has been beneficial in relieving:



Chronic fatigue

Heart disease




The findings also indicated that it improved posture, induced relaxation, enhanced concentration and developed intuition.

There are 3 different types of qigong

Medical qigong focuses on creating and maintaining positive health and wellbeing.

Martial qigong is beneficial for improving martial art performances.

Spiritual qigong helps to develop the spiritual, intuitive and psychic gifts of a person.

The Qigong Master Zheng Zhan Ding said, “When the spirit, like a lake, is undisturbed, it mirrors the Heavens perfectly”.  This means that a still mind enables the person’s true self to be discovered and then healed.

Psychoneuroimmunological research(which is the study of the mind’s interaction with the nervous and immune system) confirms what Qigong practitioners have known for thousands of years; that the mind can both cause and cure diseases.

Herbert Benson the Managing Director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute, and the professor of mind, body medicine in Harvard Medical School said:

For hundreds of years western medicine has looked at the mind and body as totally separate entities, to the point where saying something ‘is all in your head’ implied that it was imaginary. Now we’ve found how changing the activity of the mind can alter the way basic genetic instructions are implemented.”

Qigong is a safe healing practice for people of all ages.  It balances the body and mind, which enhances the person’s mental, physical and spiritual health.

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