Qigong (Chi Kung), the Study (Kung) of Human Energy (Chi), embodies a total system of Physical, Mental and Spiritual Exercises which deal with different aspects of our  being. Qigong was developed in China around 1500 B.C. and has evolved into four major schools of thought:

1. Scholar Kung:  Ethical development, refinement of personal temperament, self  


2. Martial Kung:  Enhance and develop the strength, endurance and spirit of a warrior

3. Medical Kung:  Improves quality of life, complements ongoing Western treatment,

    relieves symptoms of illness          

4. Religious Kung:  Divided into two categories:

   Daoist – Cultivation of physical body and spirit, merging with nature to achieve

    longevity and immortality

   Buddhist – Spiritual Cultivation as a way to enlightenment, freedom from the cycle                   

    of life and death.

Purpose of Medical Qigong

The practice of Qigong can help ease some of the side effects of a Western treatment plan on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Qigong is a Mind/Body Spiritual Approach to better health which, according to Eastern philosophy, tries to balance and harmonize the body, breathing, mind, energy and spirit – the building blocks of our being. The study of Qigong teaches us how to enjoy and cultivate a mindful practice of regulating those essential building blocks, empowering patients and their families to participate on their journey towards better health.

What is Involved?

Qigong involves the practice of Mind/Body techniques during specific hours of the day in various postures – lying, sitting, standing still, moving slowly (Tai Chi), or moving quickly (Kung Fu), to achieve a higher quality of life.

Mind/Body methods and techniques include stretching, strengthening, increasing range of motion in the joints, learning how to align bones, learning how to use the body in the most (or least) effortless way possible, lengthening the spine, increasing lung capacity, massaging the organ area through movements. Techniques, metaphors and visualizations are also used to create space for the nervous system to function better, improve relaxation, increase concentration; all to utilize the mind and awaken the spirit as healing tools to achieve a higher quality of life.

What has been Proven?

Studies have shown that exercise prevents muscle loss, increases bone density, prevents osteoporosis, increases stability and balance, helps relieve arthritis pain, reduces stress, lowers anxiety, improves overall health and self esteem, relieves depression, strengthens the immune system and increases lymph flow. Since Qigong involves many of the elements of regular exercise and more, then we can apply what has been proven about

exercise to Qigong. For example, resistance training has been shown to increase bone density. Since Tai Chi (a form of Qigong) involves resisting your own body weight, we can make a connection between the resistance study  and Tai Chi.

Possible Side Effects

The act of stretching, challenging and reactivating different soft  body tissue (skin, fascia, muscles, tendons, and ligaments) may lead to minor physical pain.

Special Considerations

1.  It is recommended that you discuss this complementary form of health care with your physician and/or pain management provider.

2.  Notice the difference between constructive pain verses destructive pain.

3.  Relaxation is one of the tools of Qigong, but Qigong is not only relaxation!

*This definition of Qigong is from my friend and YMAA classmate, Ramel Rones


What is QIGONG?*

Five Element Theory

Absorbing Qi Methods

The 18 First Aid Points

Qi Permeating Technique

Ankle Problems Acupoints

Asthma & Lung Acupoints

Back Pain Qigong Exercises

Back Pain Chinese Herbs

Arthritis Qigong

Arthritis Acupoints

Diabetes Qigong

Edema/Swollen Legs Acupoints

Heart Qigong

Insomnia Acupoints

Immune System Acupoints

Kidney Qigong

Knee Pain Acupoints

Lung Qigong

Liver Qigong

Stomach/Spleen Qigong

MS Qigong

Weight Loss Qigong

Relieving Backaches & Sciatica

Sinus Problems Acupoints

Swollen Leg Acupoints

Source & Organ Acupoints

Tonification Acupoints

Acupoint Combinations

Tai Chi Ball Qigong

TMJ/Jaw Acupoints

Earache Acupoints

Fibromyalgia Acupoints

Integration of Chinese MedicineQIGONG_files/Integration.pdf
12 Primary ChannelsQIGONG_files/12%20Channels.pdf


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