Medical Qigong was originally practiced in China by Taoist monks, but is now surging in popularity in Western civilization. More than 200 million people practice 10,000 styles of Qigong today.
Qigong is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with acupuncture, herbal medicine, and medical massage. Qigong combines an ancient form of meditation with simple movements and breathing for improved health and wellness.
Applying Medical Qigong
Doctors in China, and recently in America, have applied medical Qigong in hospitals and clinics to treat patients who suffer from a variety of ailments and diseases–from cancer to cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more. Medical Qigong has been known to reduce side effects from radiation and chemotherapy in cancer patients. It has also been helpful in reducing chronic pain and treating chronic disorders of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.
Qigong has been proven as a highly effective health care practice for some patients. It is a highly recommended form of complementary and alternative medicine that is increasing in popularity in the United States, as well as other parts of the world as its healing powers are realized.
Health Benefits of Qigong
It is believed that through Qigong, you can direct the flow of your body’s energy to prevent and cure disease, increase strength and endurance, and experience a new realm of spirituality. It is even believed that Qigong practice can reverse the aging process and enhance your quality of life.
Qigong practitioners often really do look decades younger than their actual ages, and it is often claimed that they can heal others.
Qigong is most commonly used to:
- improve digestion
- strengthen blood circulation
- prevent and cure disease
- increase your lifespan
Qigong accomplishes these health benefits and possibly more by improving blood circulation to the brain, vital organs, intestines, and endocrine glands. The increased blood circulation from Qigong results in:
- increased sex drive
- increased growth hormones
- increased muscular endurance.
As with meditation and many forms of therapy, the greatest benefit from Qigong is achieved over time-through consistent and patient practice. You might experience positive results with just one session or several sessions. The positive results you will feel from Qigong are feelings of calmness, peace, and relaxation, increased energy, heightened mental clarity, and potentially spiritual connectedness.