Medical Qigong is the oldest modality of traditional Chinese medicine. Its origins date back about 5000 years. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) developed out of experiences accumulated over thousands of years in the battle against disease. The roots of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Chinese massage, lay in the practice of Medical Qigong. It is considered an important and effective method of treating and even preventing disease.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Medical Qigong, like other Chinese medical practices, has been built on the concept of “Qi”(energy). This modality especially emphasizes the smooth circulation of Qi; its proper balance, the quality of its circulation, and how to use it to prevent disease. Medical Qigong works by stimulating neurological, immunological, and endocrine responses beneficial to tissue cleansing and cell rejuvenation. It also stimulates the release of endorphin that reduce the pain and discomfort sometimes experienced when detoxifying and withdrawing from addictive substances such as alcohol, caffeine, drugs, nicotine, and sugar.
According to Chinese philosophy everything in the Universe is an expression of Qi, in all its varying forms. Essentially this life force energy is what sustains life – without it life ceases to exist. Disease is caused by a buildup of too much energy, insufficient energy, stagnant energy, or an imbalance of energy within the internal organs, cells, or tissues.. The Chinese believe that the underlying cause for most diseases are negative emotions, improper diet, too much stress, and living conditions or life style habits. They are all considered an expression of Qi. Cancer could be considered an example of stagnant energy. There are two forces of Nature called Yin and Yang. To have harmony these two forces must be in balance. Medical Qigong Therapists can help achieve this proper balance.