What is Qigong?
over 3000 years of history. It is
practice and is also
known as Chi Kung or Chi Gong.
is a mind and body exercise which seeks to stimulate the flow of Qi (or
Chi, the elemental life force). This is done by encouraging
energy flow along the energy channels and meridians
throughout the body. It is known for its many health
benefits and is a practical,
effective and long-term fix for
dealing with the stresses that modern living brings.
Qigong is EASY to learn, and
can be adapted to different physical abilities, regardless of fitness
level and age. It can be performed walking, standing, sitting or even
This system is based on the ancient Chinese Yin Yang
theory (harmony between man and nature, harmony between the mind and
body). These ancient exercises target the internal
organs as well
as the circulation of Qi through the acupuncture meridians.
Performed using slow graceful movements and
controlled breathing techniques, Qigong is a relaxing exercise.
Physical stamina and flexibility
are improved by the
through the meridians and this improves
well as promotes a calm state of mind.
than 10,000 styles of qigong
and 200 million people practicing them all over China and the world.
these forms of Qigong, are done with no movement at
all, in standing, sitting and supine positions. Some are
movements and some done with movements which are mixed with
stretching of the body or
dynamic exertion of power.
* increase muscle strength and
* improve lower back pain
* encourage blood circulation
* helps combating stress and depression
* Better functioning of internal organs,
Diabetes, Heart Problem, Kidney problems etc.
* Reduce high blood pressure
* Improvement on mental attitude and
perception as well as overall physical fitness
* improvement on flexibility of joints,
beneficial to people with Athritis.
* Reduce the loss of Calcium thus
density, thus beneficial to people suffer from Osteoporosis
* The cardiovascular and respiratory
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Tai chi has been described as a sophisticated type of QiGong and both
traditional Chinese arts. The main difference being is that
Chi has a martial application and Qigong has none.
These disciplines -
- Improve balance, co-ordination and memory,
- Strengthen joints and develop and maintain flexibility,
- Enhance circulation and digestion,
- Boost the immune system function to help prevent illness,
- Help achieve and maintain correct body weight,
- Improve physical, mental and emotional health,
- Increase general vitality,
- Heighten awareness,
- Help reduce stress by promoting a sense of calm and well being,
- Slow the ageing process and helps prolong life.
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has long been know for the beneficial changes achieved
in health, stamina and balance. The basic principles of Tai Chi
include, correct breathing, continuous movement and precise body
Using the correct
breathing techniques has been found to benefit Asthma sufferers. Many
rely less on their inhalers as a result. A study by
Medical Journal) showed
that many of his
patients showed symptoms of dysfunctional breathing and this is known
to antagonise the symptoms of asthma. Tai Chi, with its
techniques, can also have a calming effect which is useful in asthma
2. Bad circulation and some heart problems can improve
because the continuous movements and flexing of the muscles
blood flow to the extremities.
3. The regular practise of the
forms is known to improve the immune system and strengthen
muscles, tendons and joints. There is an improvement in
Arthritis and rheumatism sufferers have noticed an
improvement after regular Tai Chi practise.
4. A better balance and coordination brought about
beneficial in preventing falls in the elderly.
from practising Tai Chi, is known to combat the stresses of modern
living. Due to the feeling of being more in control, it
has the effect of increasing confidence and awareness.
Research conducted by western science and medicine has
supported the practice of Taijiquan for health. A paper
published in the The
Journal of Sports Medicine :
chi: physiological and beneficial effects on health" Li JX; Hong Y;
Chan KM., concluded that: "Taichichuan is a moderate intensity
exercise that is beneficial to cardio respiratory function, immune
capacity, mental control, flexibility and balance control; it improves
muscle strength and reduces the risk of falls in the elderly."
A conclusion of the same nature was arrived at by a team of American
scientists from the Tufts
New England Medical Centre in Boston. They looked at 47
the effects of Tai Chi on healthy people and patients with chronic
conditions, published in Archives of
research has been done in
China or in Western institutions the proof is there in terms of
symptomatic relief and improved health and well being. A
view of life is often the result of practising Taijiquan.