The Essence of Qigong Qigong is a study of the energy of the whole universe, which includes physics, chemistry, psychology, biology, astrology; electricity, and medicine. Basically Qigong falls in to three categories, in general terms ... three M's: • Martial Arts • Medical • Meditation (Spiritual) We will focus on medical Qigong, the cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine. Qigong has been practiced in China for over five thousand years and has been shown effective in the prevention and cure of many diseases. Today, tens of millions of people in China practice Qigong because of its great power of healing. Yet unlike acupuncture, acupressure, herbalmedicine, or tai chi, Qigong remains a mystery to most Americans. This ancient discipline combines mental concentration, breathing technique, and body movements to activate and cultivate our "vital energy" as it flows through the invisible channels of the body. (meridians). Only the aristocracy in China knew of Qigong, that is to say the Monks in the Monasteries and Warlords kept the secret of Qigong from the masses. Mao and his teaching of the Communist doctrine started the sharing of the Ancient Secrets of the Art of Qigong as a form of preventative medicine. Only in the last 50 years or so has the Dao (The Way, a Chinese Philosophy) become known to the West. In Chinese philosophy,"Qi" or "Chi" (pronounced Chee) means air or breath, vital energy, or Life Force that forms all animate and inanimate things in the Universe. "Gong" means work or expertise, the function and benefit of this energy; or self-discipline leading to the art of mastery. We are born with the vital and intelligent energy of Qi. This complex energy substance, fundamental to life itself, is comprised of an informational message and its carrier energy. Why do more and more people in the world, including doctors, scientists, psychologists, and nurses, come to Qigong? Its effective healing power and simplicity of philosophy. It is a philosophy which can stand alone and does not impinge on any of the known belief systems.
Western medicine is wonderful medicine, probably the best in the world and it has helped hundreds of millions of people by alleviating their sufferings, but it has its weak points: · It is not a preventative medicine per se. · It deals primarily with symptoms, not the cause. · It focuses on the physical body only, ignoring the spiritual body. • It has side effects that can create more problems. · It puts a patient into a passive position during healing. · It can be very costly.
Qigong deals with the cause of sickness, gives the body a perfect healing, and heals the body physically, spiritually, and mentally. Qigong heals the body faster and more completely with fewer or no side effects, lower cost, and while actively involving the patient. At the same time, Qigong prevents future problems. Since Qigong heals each individual discretely, different patients can have differing treatments to affect a cure of the same ailment.
The Health Benefits of Qigong Here is a taste of specific health benefits that practitioners have experienced. · Adjust and strengthen your digestive and elimination system for vitality at your ideal weight. · Clear away toxic build-up and slow aging caused by blocked energy in the vital organs. · Reinforce your body's natural defense to illnesses. · Reverse shrinkage of tendons to eliminate discomfort and improve flexibility in the muscles and joints. · Increase oxygenation to your body's cells to balance blood pressure and relieve stress. • Calm the nervous system to feel peaceful, composed, and prepared for your daily adventures. Practicing Qigong has been shown to help heal many sicknesses, including:
· General pain: neck, shoulder, knee, postoperative pains, arthritis, and joint pain. · Migraine headaches, sinus problems, and allergies. · Spinal problems. · Weight loss . · Hearing and sight problems. · Organ problems, different female and male organ problems. · Kidney and liver dysfunction. · Glandular dysfunction such as thyroid problems. · Diabetes problems. · Gall and kidney stones. · Heart disease: heart attacks, congestive heart failure, recovery from heart surgery and general heart dysfunction. · Circulation problems. · Strokes. · Cancers. · Mental disorders: post traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, addictions, obsessive compulsive disorder, hyperactivity, dyslexia. · Stress, anxiety, and depression. · Lung problems. · Autoimmune dysfunction such as AIDS and lupus. · Bone marrow problems. · Comas. · Digestion problems. Understanding the Healing Power of Qigong
Qigong teaches you to use your mind, body, and spirit together to unblock energy and balance the Yin and Yang energy in the body. We are formed by two kinds of Qi- Yin and Yang. Yin means something female, passive and spiritual. Yang is male, active and physical. These “forces” have to be in good balance to promote a healthy body.