Characteristics of Qigong

September 19, 2010
By marqpdx

Characteristics of Qigong

Qi gong is an ancient system of health in China used in one of many ways as the treatment for high blood pressure. We very well know that this “hypertension” is the condition that billions of people round the world suffer with. Qi gong (pronounced as chee-Gung) is a therapy used as a healing therapy for treating high blood pressure or “hypertension”. This therapy is used to increase lymph circulation, develop deep relaxation, and enhance oxygen supply and also to decrease cancer symptoms. It is the combination of breathing techniques, physical postures, and focused intention to strengthen the connection between the spirit, body and mind. It is the natural way to create a harmony between the mind and the physical body. For over centuries, it has been considered as a preventive measure for certain disorders in China. It begins with a sequence of breathing exercises that are used for beginning the flow of energy. Certain techniques pertaining to breathing when used in conjunction with mental concentration improve the functions of the body very greatly. For over thousands of years till now, many millions people have been benefitted from qigong. Qigong holds a very long history in Chinese medicine. It was first developed five thousand years ago in ancient China. From the time since then, practitioners who have been practicing qigong as the healing therapy have very well known how to treat certain illnesses and disorders. Qigong is mostly taught for health management purposes. From its origins, it has been known to be not only a form of meditation, but also a self-medicating practice by moving the energy flow. In qigong, the focus is on specific focal points of the body to continue to stay balanced, healthy and energized. It is very well known for the combination of breathing, movement and meditation. You may think at this point, I can’t meditate or I can’t stop thoughts from coming to my head. No problem, Qigong is still right for you. In most types of Qigong you are to let thoughts freely enter your mind, and just let them exit. If you just try to keep thoughts out of your head you will just tense up your body concentrating on the wrong thing. There will be many channels of energy in every person called meridians. The main purpose of Qigong is to activate these energy levels. One can take it either in a meditation way or in a way to strengthen the entire system. In traditional Chinese medicine, a well-balanced energy that flows freely results in good health. Qigong teaches how to utilize the mind, breath and the movements in order to restore the flow of energy to a balanced healthy living and to promote self-healing. It is believed that by practicing Qigong, one can be relieved from pain by stimulating the body’s natural pain killers and by increasing the lymphatic fluid, strengthen the immune system. The combination of meditation techniques with movements allows one to be in sync to the rhythm of their own life and body. Strengthening and balance of the body is considered to be the long term result of this.

The two words in “Qigong” each have a specific meaning. The word “Qi” is associated with the meaning breath, but is reffered to as our energy and lifeforce. The word “Gong” is associated with the meaning “work”. Thus making “Qigong” to basically mean as “work associated with breath”. Qigong, therefore, is a traditional Chinese medical technique involving the coordination and regulation of breath patterns in order to assure good health. Qigong teaches a person to live a life that is free from diseases. It ensures that the free flow of energy always happens resulting in a “disease-free” life. As the two words indicate, Qigong deals with the regulation and coordination of breath to attain and maintain robust health. There are many kinds of breathing exercises that Qigong teaches us to promote detoxification, digestion, efficient elimination and organ efficiency by increasing the oxygen intake and blood circulation. Yogic breathing exercises accompany all the Qigong exercises, which increase the efficiency of consumption of oxygen and the blood circulation.

Sean is a Chinese and Western Herbalist and formulates for Dimmak Herbs. Visit Dimmak Herbs Herbal Supplements for more information and product related to this article. To keep up daily with herbal and health tips visit The Blog of Health and Herbs


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