Qigong is being used as part of the Traditional Chinese Medication in preventive and therapeutic health care. Qi is seen as the vital energy in one’s body to maintain life. Qigong will train one to work on physical to control and exercise this energy for own good or if becomes an expert, one can even use qi for treatment.
Qigong is part of TCM based on Taoism. Qigong has two types “soft” and “hard” qigong. “Soft” qigong is called inner qigong or soft qigong such as Taiji. One sample of hard qigong is the famous Shaolin kungfu. Medical qigong involves qi exercises combined with meditation. The qi exercises will bring one to a state of meditation. Distress and anxiety will be driven away during the meditation. Positive thinking with great confidence is affirmed. Concentration can be easily achieved.
Through the exercise, one gains control of the body and thus have good feelings about life. This in turn stimulates circulation of blood and qi. Exercise is good for patients as well as any age group who would like to maintain good health and a state of peaceful mind. Qigong is good in treatment of mental and physical stress.
Qigong lets people experiencing higher levels of energy and stamina, and slow down the aging process. It may not be effective in treating acute illness or medical emergencies. It is good in preventing disease and also treating chronic conditions or disabilities. In 1988, Chinese held the first World Conference for Qigong Medical Research in Beijing, and latter followed by a series of conferences held in Tokyo, Berkeley and New York City. Psychologists, physiologists and medical researchers start to study qigong as a new alternative medication.
Many qigong clubs have been established outside of China to teach people to exercise qigong. Qigong will smooth the process of delivering oxygen to the cells, reduces stress and improve bowel functioning. Chinese doctors have applied qigong in hospitals and clinics to treat individuals suffering from a variety of ailments. These include allergies, arthritis, asthma, bowel problems, constipation, diabetes, gastritis, gout, headaches, heart disease and hypertension. The list can go on to chronic kidney disease, liver disease, lower back pain, myopia, obesity, neurasthenia, paralysis induced by external injury, retinopathy, rheumatism, sciatic neuralgia, sleeplessness, stress, ulcers, and peripheral vascular disease.
Qigong can be used to treat cancer and reduce or eliminate side effects from radiation and chemotherapy. It will help in treating aphasia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease and post-stroke syndrome. It is especially useful in treating any kind of chronic pain, and chronic disorders of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems. Qigong can help one fight virtually any disease. Through qigong, patients can strengthen inner energy and thus increase the chance to survive from many diseases, which Western doctors thinks untreatable.
Qigong just like any other exercise has to be taught and trained under the guidance of a licensed Chinese medical doctor. Beginners need professional supervision from doctor or qigong practitioner who will provide advice and guidance. It requires discipline and persistence to see the result.