What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What To Expect
What Is It Used For?
What Is It?
Qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”) is an ancient Chinese discipline
that incorporates movement, breathing, meditation and visualisation
to strengthen the flow of qi, the vital energy central to wellbeing
in traditional Chinese medicine. The exercises practised within this
discipline help to improve flexibility, balance and overall wellbeing,
and can relieve a wide variety of physical, mental and emotional ailments.
There are two types of Qigong: internal qigong is a do-it-yourself
practice which has become popular in the West. People learn Qigong
exercises at classes or from books or videos, and can practise at home,
modifying the exercises to suit their physical abilities. External
qigong (practised mainly in China) is a type of psychic therapy which
involves a qigong master transferring qi to another person to promote
How Does It
Qigong, like other forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is based
on the idea that a vital energy, qi, flows through the body along 14
invisible channels called meridians. These meridians link together
different parts of the body, and illness is thought to be caused by
blockages in the flow of qi, or imbalances in certain parts of the
body. The aim of qigong is to restore balance and health by removing
blockages and stimulating the flow of qi throughout the body.
The exercises performed in qigong are thought to stimulate the circulatory
system, promoting the elimination of wastes from the body, and the
increased flow of lymphatic fluid improves the functioning of the immune
system. Some proponents say that qigong increases the amount of disease-fighting
white blood cells, and improves the supply of oxygen to the body. It
may also stimulate the body’s natural painkillers (endorphins).
Qigong promotes relaxation, so may help bring down the heart rate and
blood pressure. The movement exercises can also help to strengthen
and tone muscles, promoting physical wellbeing.
What To Expect
While you can teach yourself qigong exercises from a book or video,
training from an instructor, either in a class setting or one-to-one,
can help you gain the most benefit.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing while practising qigong. It is best
practised on an empty stomach. Classes will vary in structure, and
may start with a standing meditation, or simple movements to loosen
up the body. Other exercises include controlled breathing, where you
will learn to breathe from the diaphragm while visualising qi flowing
into your body with each breath, visualisation, where you will visualise
qi flowing to all parts of the body, and movement exercises which incorporate
breathing, visualisation and meditation. Some movements are very simple
to do, while others are quite complex and require much concentration.
Exercises can be performed standing, sitting, lying down, or while
Qigong classes generally meet once a week for 8-10 weeks, or you can
learn the discipline during intensive weekend or week-long courses.
Most benefit comes from practising qigong every day for at least 30
What Is It Used
Qigong can be helpful for relieving stress, anxiety, tension headaches,
insomnia and high blood pressure. It can improve circulation and promote
general fitness and wellbeing. Although not scientifically proven,
proponents of qigong claim it can treat a range of illnesses such as
cancer, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, AIDS, diabetes, menstrual
problems and impotence.
Qigong should be avoided by those with a tendency towards dizziness,
and people who are suffering severe mental or emotional disturbance.
Pregnant women should avoid qigong, unless practising under the guidance
of a trained master.
Qigong may thin the blood and increase circulation, so it should be
avoided if heavy bleeding might be a problem, for instance after surgery,
or if suffering from internal injuries.
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