Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is the science of working with Qi, the living energy within the body. It is an ancient form of self-healing practiced for centuries in China. Though originally rooted to the martial arts, Qigong techniques are completely relaxed and the use of muscles is reduced to a minimum. It can, therefore, be practiced by people of all ages and generally achieves a high level of body relaxation, calmness, and peace of mind. The slow movement also promotes better balance, frees joints to enhance range of motion, and as movement can be utilized to exert pressure on the bones, their density increases proportionately.
Just as acupuncture has become valued by practitioners of western medicine, the concept of Qi (energy) and its circulation in the human body has steadily gained recognition and acceptance from both physicians and the public.
From the scientific perspective, Qi is defined as “bioelectricity” circulating in the human body, and Qigong, which helps to free this energy, has been proven to address a wide range of health problems such as arthritis, poor circulation, high blood pressure and cancer in conjunction with western medical protocols. In his book Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks, Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, FACCN (of Connecticut) is one of a growing number of physicians to substantiate the results of studies proving that the practice of Qigong can significantly lower blood pressure.
Clearly, Qigong can work in harmony with medical treatment to facilitate the attainment of good health and a feeling of well being. By combining the ancient with the modern approach to wellness, all aspects of a patient’s needs are addressed: the physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual.
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