Qigong saved my life!
This self-healing complementary modality built up my immune system following my bout with cancer.
Aside from cancer, qigong has also helped me heal from other traumatic experiences. My story and how I healed will be in another post. First, I want to give you a foundation for understanding qigong.
This article, therefore, will provide an overview of the following:
- Definition of qigong
- Historical and cultural context
- General benefits
Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing art. Today, qigong is most often used as an exercise that coordinates breathing with exercises that can improve health, prevent illness , and strengthen the body.
Qi translated literally refers to breath, from which we develop and maintain energy. It is what sustains all life. There is internal qi that we acquire through genetics. The other is external qi that can be accumulated through practice.
Gong translated literally means work, the ability to produce an effect.
Qigong, together, is the system through which we can direct our life force to heal.
Qigong originated through the Chinese philosophy of Taoism with its first recorded history in the I Ching (Book of Changes). Qigong has subsequently been influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and medical beliefs. Currently, it is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with acupuncture and herbal remedies.
Its basic premise is to treat the origin of disease in the whole person — body, mind/emotions, spirit — by looking at the imbalance of the entire human system.
It does this through a system of energy pathways, also used in acupuncture, known as meridians. Qigong exercises are designed to clear blocked energy in different body organs.
It is acupuncture without needles, exercises you can do yourself that induce self-healing.
Some of the general benefits of qigong are:
- Balance — physical and emotional
- Relaxation that reduces stress
- Good posture
- Strong immune system to prevent and combat illness
- Mental clarity and focus
- Enhanced creativity and intuitiveness
- Spirituality — serenity, gratitude, compassion
In summation, qigong is a discipline. It takes commitment and practice. Qigong gives you the tools to make positive changes in your life.
I know. Qigong has given me back my life.