What is Qigong?
"Qi" (pronounced chee), means air, breath of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.
"Gong" (pronounced gung, as in lung) means the development of the skills of working with and cultivating the virtues of self-discipline and achievement.
Together, Qigong means the skill of cultivating and enhancing personal vital energy at all levels, or the ability to work with the electromagnetic energy of the body.
Qigong is a spirit-mind-body practice that improves one's spiritual, mental and physical health by integrating postures, movement, breathing techniques, development of virtues, and focused intention.
Medical Qigong Therapy
Medical Qigong therapy is the oldest therapeutic modality of Chinese medicine. A comprehensive system of health care, it addresses the root cause of symptoms or disease, while treating the client as a whole. Medical Qigong treatments are based upon a differential diagnosis rooted in Chinese medical theory.
In a Medical Qigong treatment, the practitioner, having developed through dedicated study and self-cultivation the ability to sense and manipulate energy, uses qi emission to restore health and wellness to the client. The practitioner may also teach medical qigong exercises and meditations
Practiced as an excellent adjunct to Western medicine, medical qigong and Chinese medicine may successfully treat conditions which Western medicine finds resistant or ambiguous.
Physician, Heal Thyself
"Whenever eminent physicians treat an illness, they must quiet the spirit and settle the will, they must be free of wants and desires, and they must first develop a heart full of great compassion and empathy. They must pledge to devote themselves completely to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings. ”
- Sun Simiao, Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang I.2
(as translated by Sabine Wilms)
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