WHAT IS MEDICAL QIGONG?
Medical Qigong is an ancient form of Chinese energetic medicine, and is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with acupuncture, herbal medicine, and medical massage. As with the other branches of TCM, healing occurs through balancing Qi, or electromagnetic energy, which surrounds and pervades all living creatures. Disruptions in the electromagnetic energy of the body occur throughout our lifetime as a result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injuries, surgery, suppression of emotions, and aging.
The goal of Qigong is to correct these bio-energetic imbalances and blockages. This enables the body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system, relieve pain, regulate hormones, and strengthen and release deep-seated emotions and stress.
Medical Qigong therapy consists of treatment by a practitioner to regulate the client's Qi. After the treatment the client will be given Qigong prescriptions to assist in their ongoing healing. Tailored specifically to the client, medical Qigong exercises use physical movement, breathing methods and mental intention to correct and restore the function in the body.
Medical Qigong is a complete system of health care that recognizes the root causes of symptoms or disease, and treats the client as a whole. Practiced as an excellent adjunct to Western medicine, Chinese medicine may successfully treat people with conditions which Western medicine finds resistant or ambiguous.
WHAT AILMENTS ARE TREATED WITH MEDICAL QIGONG?
In China, and more recently in the United States, doctors have applied Qigong in hospitals and clinics to treat individuals suffering from a variety of ailments, including the following:
Cancer (tumors or cyst)
Emotional challenges (anxiety, depression, etc.)
Recovery from surgery
Like any other system of health care, Qigong is not a panacea but a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of complementary and alternative medicine.
WHAT IS A MEDICAL QIGONG TREATMENT LIKE?
Qi can pass through air and clothing, so there is no need to disrobe. The practitioner often works about a foot away from the client's body, and sometimes lightly touches the client to guide and manipulate the movement of Qi. The client may feel varying sensations as the Qi moves, such as warmth, tingling, coolness, vibration, and sometimes twitching as the stagnant energy releases.
Generally, clients find the treatments extremely relaxing and rejuvenating. Sometimes clients may become aware of uncomfortable emotions that have been suppressed and have an emotional release either during or after the treatment. As one of the primary goals of Medical Qigong therapy is to release toxic emotions from within the body's tissues, having an emotional release is extremely beneficial to one's psychological and physiological well-being.
After the treatment a client will be given Qigong prescriptions to assist in their ongoing healing. These Medical Qigong exercises and meditations are tailored specifically to the clients, similar to an acupuncturist prescribing healing herbs or a medical doctor giving a pharmaceutical prescription.
WHAT IS THE DEEPER SCIENCE OF QIGONG?
"Centuries ago, the ancient Chinese masters of esoteric healing came to the understanding that everything is composed of the same energetic substance, which they called Qi (pronounced "chee"). These ancient masters observed that there is a oneness and wholeness in all existence and that everything is energetically interconnected as one body.
"Traditional Chinese Medicine is primarily based on the understanding of the transformations of Qi. The ancient Chinese believed that all transformations happened under the influence of Qi. The birth, aging and death of all things within Heaven and Earth, including wind, clouds, thunder, rain, water, mountains, forests, deserts, oceans, humans, animals and insects are caused by and formed out of Qi. Although energy may appear to take on many different forms, all things in nature and, in fact, all things in the universe are intrinsically woven together so that we are, quite literally, all symbiotically one with the universe through the system of Qi.
Qi is vibrating in constant energetic motion within all things. It is the catalyst for everything to relate and interrelate within the universe. In modem times, the laws of physics have demonstrated that matter and energy are interchangeable and that matter is simply another form of energy. Matter is constantly vibrating in the form of particles or wave forms; it is constantly changing, either affecting or interacting with energy.
Energy is inherent in the living human body, and the human body is sustained by energy. The ancient Chinese mastered specific techniques to balance the body's energy (Qi) in order to live in harmony with the environmental (Earthly) Qi, as well as the universal (Heavenly) Qi. Traditional Chinese Medicine maintains that when living things start to lose their Qi, they lose their vitality. An ancient Chinese saying states, "Life comes into beginning because Qi is amassed; when Qi is scattered, the person dies."
Qi is stored within the body in the form of energetic pools, creating the energetic matrix of the internal organs. From these internal pools, the body's life-force energy flows in the form of rivers and streams. These energetic rivers and streams form the body's vessels, channels, and collateral systems. Through observation and study, Chinese Qigong (pronounced "chee-gung") masters discovered that each internal organ within the human body has a different function and a different speed of energetic vibration. By tracing the energetic pathways of Qi through each internal organ, and observing its affects on bodily functions, the Chinese developed the basic theories upon which Traditional Chinese medical practice was founded.
For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has successfully cured serious illnesses by stimulating the body's Qi in very specific ways. Through the study and practice of Qigong, one can cultivate an awareness of Qi and its individual pathways, and can learn to influence and even control its energetic power. Medical Qigong practitioners use these skills to heal and strengthen the immune system and to improve the function of various organ systems within the body.
In the year 2000, China Healthways International estimated that in Beijing alone more than 1.3 million people practiced some form of Qigong every day; and in China as a whole, around 80 million people practiced the art of Qigong."
-Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy: Vol. 1 Energetic Anatomy and Physiology by Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson Ph.D, D.C.M, D.M.Q (China)