QiGong

What is Health Qigong? Why is it So Popular?

Qigong came from two separate words, Qi and Gong. Qi means breathing, meditation, imagination also Qi in Chinese means energy. Gong 氣gōng usually translated as life energy, life force, or energy flow, and definitions often involve breath, air, gas, or relationship between matter, energy, and spirit. A combination of slow movements, breathing exercises and meditation are used to improve the flow of energy through your body. The physical movements and mental focus of Qigong can produce a sense of calm and tranquility, and improve strength and flexibility.

Two words are combined to describe systems to cultivate and balance life energy, especially for health. The two words together means using the mental power or imagination to lead your breathing and also physical movement to keep fit. They include physical exercise with control breathing to lead the Qi energy to flow in the body following the acupuncture channels, by doing so to balance the body functions and to improve the mental and physical functions.

Qigong is one of the traditional Chinese exercises and healing techniques, originally was part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Martial Art in ancient China. Confucians practice Qigong to cultivate mind and body, Taoists and Buddhists do it to transcend worldliness; Chinese medical physicians use it to cure illness and keep fit; and martial art learners practice it for self-defence. Qigong is a Psychosomatic practicing skill that adjusts body, breathing and mind into one. They are very simple and practical self-healing techniques.

Qigong is a Psychological practicing skill that adjusts body, breath and mind into one. The first is to adjust posture and movement, the second is to adjust and regulate breathing and the third is to adjust mental concentration. Qigong practice is a psychological and physical practice which is to integrate the 'three adjustment into one'. There is strong evidence that the Health Qigong, which was developed and widely practiced in China, greatly improves general health of those who regularly practice it. In many cases practitioners can recover from long-term illness.

Qigong Movements for Self-Healing & Self-Care. Qigong practice develops and balances Qi to improve the health of the body, mind and spirit, and is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qigong includes gentle movements, breathing and meditation, creating a system which anyone can practice, increasing health.
With regular practice, Qigong may improve circulation, easing joint and muscle pain, improve mobility, calm the nervous system and increase immunity. It is a great alternative health practice that can help people take control of their well-being, stay healthy and prevent or mitigate chronic illness. Meditating and practicing qigong can be very beneficial in helping to keep your immune system strong in so many ways. When the immune system isn’t healthy and functioning as it’s designed to that is when we get sick. So, keeping the immune system strong is critically important. Qigong increases vitality, impacts positively to improve medical conditions and in this way will improve and prolong the quality of life.

Divisions of Qi Gong

There are four main divisions of Qi Gong, depending on the goal of the practitioner – spiritual, medical, martial, and athletic. However, there is some overlap between the branches. Qi or Chi: vital energy, live force, or simply air; Gong or Kung(): skill, power.

Art of generating and controlling Qi, the vital energy through mind and body exercises. Practitioners generate and move this vital energy around body to regulate mind and body or to achieve exceptional physical abilities. There are numerous forms of Qigong. For instance, medical qigong, health qigong, hard qigong, soft qigong, Buddhist Qigong, Tao Qigong, Wudang Qigong and Shaolin Qigong.

Medical Qigong

Medical Qi Gong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Qi is life energy and TCM says that the health of the body relies upon a smooth flow of Qi within the body. Disease is the result of poor Qi circulation. Balancing the flow of Qi allows the body to heal itself. Gong means work or hard task, and it is the task of learning how to control the flow of Qi through the body using breath, movement, and meditation.

Qigong forms that are practiced for healing specific illness. There are two forms of practices. One generates internal Qi for self healing. The other generates or collect external Qi that can be direct by achieved practitioners to heal their patients.

Soft Qigong

Refers to forms of qigong that are practiced for mind and physical well being of practitioners or for healing. These qigong do not aimed at abtaining exception strength or other extreme physical abilities. Practices generally involve only slow, light movements or no movement at all. For these qigong mind control is usually considered more important than physical excercices.

Hard Qigong

Refers to various qigong forms that are practiced as martial art. It is believed that practicing these qigongs can lead to exceptional strength or other physical abilities.

Health Qigong

Qigong forms that are officially promoted by Chinese Health Qigong Associations (CHQA). There are curently four forms, namely Ba Duan Jin, Wu Qin Xi, Yi Jin Ying and Liu Zi Jue. These qigongs are designed for improving general health of those who practice them.

These exercises once learnt can also bring about increased muscular efficiency and coordination, improved breathing and blood flow, greater flexibility, a higher level of internal balance and harmony and improved immune system.

Qigong is now regarded within the Chinese health and medical science fields as “a shining pearl in Traditional Chinese Medicine”. It has helped millions of people with severe and lingering health problems to improve their health. Over 40 countries have adopted Dao Yin Qigong with over 4 million people currently practicing this art.

All Health QiGong routines - listed below -, are part of the New Health Qigong Exercise Series compiled and published by the Chinese Health Qigong Association: (These programs teach in private sessions, in group sessions and in the workshop.)

1. Ba Duan Jin (8 Pieces of Silk)

2. Liu Zi Jie (The Six Healing Sounds)

3. Yi Jin Jing (Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Exercises)

4. Wu Qin Xi (Five Animals)

5. Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Shi Er Fa (Mind Leading Qi. 12 Method of Healing Chi)

6. Shi Er Duan Jin (Twelve Pieces of Silk)

7. Ma Wang Dui Dao Yi Shu (Guiding Qi)

8. Da Wu (Big Dance)

9. Tai Ji Yang Sheng Zhang (Tai Chi Rod for Wellbeing)

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Qigong learn for better balance. Qigong increases flexibility and the spring of ligaments. Qigong is like a good gentle stretch and an acupuncture treatment combined, which improves the circulation of fluids and energy in the body to lessen the impact of injuries and allow more rapid healing. Practitioners of qigong learn to avoid strain and stay well within their 70 percent capacity, and, in particular, not to over strain if there is already some pain or restriction. Qigong balances energy and improves the weaker areas in people's internal systems. The aim is to prevent the body's "weak links" from causing problems down the road.

QiGong is by far the most appealing of all modalities to kill stress because it achieves 3 very important steps.

  • Synchronizing your mind,

  • Synchronizing your body,

  • Synchronizing your breathing.

When all 3 are aligned you get your body into it has optimal state of flow- and this is where your natural healing abilities being to kick in.

Health Qigong is called Chi Yoga or Chi dancing, which has been practiced for over 5000 years, originally created by herbalist doctors as part of Chinese medicine for self-energy healing. Meditation leads Chi and the "Chi" energy acu-pressure therapy activates the body's Acu-points and meridians to address the cause of imbalances and clear the "blockages" to build up energy and heal disease.

A Chinese practice, qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") makes use of breathing techniques and graceful movement to increase the flow of qi--also known as chi--through the body. Qigong means energy (qi) and skill (gong), or a skill or practice that cultivates or increases energy.

Yoga practitioners study a similar concept called prana. Chi is defined as a life-force that is often equated with the breath, or seen to move with the breath. Controlling breathing helps control and optimize the movement of chi, which leads to increased health and well-being. Breathing techniques are often accompanied by specific types of exercise that increase the flow of chi. These exercises also increase strength, flexibility and balance.

Popular in China for thousands of years, Qigong is the art of cultivating your vital energy through gentle movements and techniques that incorporate breath, sound, visualization and self-massage. Often thought of as "Feng Shui for the body" or "Chinese yoga", Qigong is not simply about physical fitness, but also internal healing.

Health Qigong is called, Chi Yoga, or Chi dancing, which has been practiced for over 5000 years, originally created by herbalist doctors as part of Chinese medicine for self-energy healing. Meditation leads Chi, the "Chi" energy acu-pressure therapy activates the body's Acu-points and meridians to address the course of imbalances and clear the "blockages" to build up energy and heal disease.

Qi Gong is an ancient practice that can be practiced by anyone and has a huge amount of health benefits.Read on to find out more.

On Health Qigong Principles (Ⅰ)

The laboratory research also shows that Health Qigong exercises can influence certain neural reflected functions to change and regulate the physiological functional activities of human. For example, the laboratory research displays that when Qigong exercises gets into quietness, the rhythm of alpha wave will increase, and each area tends to the directional change of synchronization and ordering. Under the control of cerebral cortex, along with bodies and mind of exercisers relaxing deeply, relative harmonious change will appear on the function of each system of the human, such as heart rate slowing, blood pressure decreasing, vein expanding, capillary permeability increasing, breath even, gentle, slow, deep and long, skin resistance decreasing, efferent nerve transmitting speed accelerating, and even endocrine system and immunity system changing relatively. These changes will make the functional movement of each part of the human coordinate and unite much more. (By Cai Li)