Qigong for Health and Disease Management

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Qigong (also written as qi gong or chu kung) is an ancient Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing, meditation, relaxation, and internal energy. Qi (meaning breath, air, spirit) in traditional Chinese medicine is the “vital force or energy of life.”[1] The earliest qigong-like exercises in China are from animal movements. Many qigong postures have names such as Bathing Duck, Leaping Monkey, Turning Tiger, Coiling Snake, Old Bear in the Woods, and Flying Crane.[2] Qigong can be practised anywhere, does not involve any specialized equipment, and is especially beneficial in a pleasant outdoor area.

Figure 1 shows an adapted version of Baduanjin Qigong. Figure 2 shows an enlarged version of the adapted Baduanjin Qigong energy punch exercise.

Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 2

There are many forms of qigong, such as:

  • Tai Chi
    Eight Section Brocade Qigong (also known as Eight Strands of Brocade, Eight Pieces of Brocade, Eight Silken Movements, Baduanjin or Ba Duan Jin)
  • Five Animals Play Qigong (Wu Qin Xi)
  • Fragrant Qigong
  • Guo Lin Qigong (walking qigong)
  • Laughing Qigong
  • Medical Qigong
  • Nei Yang Gong Qigong
  • Six Healing Sounds Qigong (Liu Zi Jue)
  • Tai Chi Qigong

Qigong for Health and Disease Management[edit | edit source]

The following are medical conditions that Baduanjin qigong, one form of qigong, may help:

Practical Application[edit | edit source]

The best approach to learning any one of the styles of qigong is to take classes. As a visual demonstration, see Figure 1 for the basic Baduanjin qigong movements.[2]

Related Articles[edit | edit source]

Related Books[edit | edit source]

  • Chinese Health Qigong Association. Ba Duan Jin: Eight-Section Qigong Exercises. London, UK: Singing Dragon; 2008.
  • Chinese Health Qigong Association. Wu Qin Xi: Five Animal Qigong Exercises. London, UK: Singing Dragon; 2008.
  • Chinese Health Qigong Association. Yi Jin Jing: Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Qigong Exercises. London, UK: Singing Dragon; 2008.
  • Chinese Health Qigong Association. Lui Zi Jue: Six Sounds Approach to Qigong Breathing Exercises. London, UK: Singing Dragon; 2008.
  • Liu MH, and Perry P. The Healing Art of Qi Gong. New York, NY: Warner Books; 1997.

Video Resources[edit | edit source]

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References [edit | edit source]

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