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Qigong (aka Chi Kung) is a complete system of health and exercise from
Ancient China. Qigong literally translates as Qi, breath or energy & Gong,
exercise; when combined Qigong becomes a system of "breath &
energy" exercise or the "art of developing energy for health, internal force
& mind training" (Wong Kiew Kit, The Art of Chi Kung). The roots of
Qigong go back 6,000 + years to the Taoist Dao Yin exercises of ancient
China. There is serious debate as to how old Qigong really is, with 6,000
+ years being the widely accepted age.
In China Qigong has influenced many different fields including: Medical,
Martial Arts, Society, Philosophy and more.
Qigong was created for the maintenance of mind/body health and
continues to be taught in hospitals throughout China. Qigong is one of the
four branches of "Traditional" Chinese Medicine or TCM. According to
Dr. Stephen T. Chang, in order for Traditional Chinese Medicine to be
effective and authentic it must contain all four branches. The branches of
TCM are: Qigong/Internal Exercises (Internal Alchemy), Tui-Na (Taoist
Medical Massage), Herbs & Acupuncture. If one branch is missing then
it is not TCM and will not be effective. For example, if you go to an
Acupuncture Physician and they do not have a knowledge of or practice
Tui-Na then no matter what they profess or promise their treatments will
only be 18% effective (according to Dr. Stephen T. Chang). Same rules
apply for Qigong & Herbs. So make sure they have a knowledge of all
In fact, according to some scholars, Qigong is the most important aspect
of TCM. Wong Kiew Kit states in "The Art of Chi Kung", that "Chi Kung is
excellent for curing illness and promoting health. There is a saying that
Chi Kung can cure hundreds [emphasis added] of illnesses." The roots
of Qigong rest with the "Barefoot Doctors" of China. These Doctors
would travel throughout China going from town to town, village to village
passing on and learning the local forms of Qigong as they traveled. After
many years of travel, the Barefoot Dr. would amass a formidable
knowledge of healing many diseases and illnesses.
WHAT IS QI?
Before we discuss Qigong further, I want to make sure you have an
understanding of Qi. You already learned Qi, means breath or energy,
and Qigong means breath or energy exercise. But how exactly do you
exercise energy, what is energy, how do you know it is real, and do other
forms of exercise improve or benefit energy?
breath and mind or intent.
Using this understanding of Qi, Qiqong now becomes: A system of
exercise that consists of both flowing and stationary postures to ensure
the proper flow of Qi, whereby preventing or reversing disease & illlness.
Qigong is the oldest system in the world which specifically increases and
improves the flow of Qi in the body.
All forms of Martial Arts, including Taiji Quan, and according to Dr.
Stephen T. Chang most if not all forms of exercise are derivatives in one
form or another of Qigong.
What is Meditation?
Perhaps what is more important is to ask What is not Meditation? Almost
everything you have heard about Meditation is FALSE! It is not a means
to enlightenment, it is not a mystical experience, it is not new age, or
psychological, nor is it Bio Feedback, or any number of other things that
are being circulated about it.
Briefly meditation is a combination of relaxed deep abdominal breathing,
in which the mind and intent or (I) in Chinese is focused on one thing or
thought and only one thing or thought.
For instance, meditation could be counting the breaths in a set routine or
formula, it could be focusing on a color, object or idea, could be
circulating the Qi etc..... Meditation is not, sitting still and observing, or
taking it all in, or observing the thoughts and letting them go.....
Also, meditation especially contemplative meditation is an ancient
system that originated in Ancient China roughly 5-6,000 years ago, and
was a primary subject in the Worlds first fully functioning University!
Any book or workshop or session or tape that features meditation as a
new approach, or new research shows, or we have a new slant on such
and such is hogwash plain and simple. Meditation is ANCIENT and was
one of the first forms of Qigong & Dao Yin, in fact one could say that
Meditation is the Union with Tao!
How do I find out more?
Click on the links for Classes & Workshops and attend one or several.
Seek proper & authentic instruction from a qualified Master Teacher or a
Teacher studying with a qualified Master.
Qigong has been proven in
hundreds if not thousands of
studies in China and many
studies in USA to have the
following benefits (note: this is
a short list of benefits, Qigong
offers many more than listed
Improvement of the following
systems or conditions:
Immune System, Brain, Chronic
Pain, Mental Health, Longevity
and many more!!!!!
|What effects Qi in
according to Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD
in "Natural Healing with Qigong,
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