Qi gong

Alternate Title

Chi kung

Synonyms

AST Chiro, Chan-Chuang qi-gong, chi, Chi Gong, Chi Kung, Chinese medicine, Chun Do Su Bup, Daoyin-Tuna Qigong, external Qi gong, Falun gong, healing touch, hexiangzhuang (flying crane) Qi gong, internal Qi gong, meditation, Nei-Gong, Pa Tuan Jin, Pai Jer Tsuh Jih Gong, Qi, Qi gong emitted external Qi (QEQ), Qi gong Yangsheng, Qigong, Qigong Waiqi, Qigongizations, Reiki, tai chi, Therapeutic Touch, traditional Chinese medicine, visualization, Wai Qi Fa Gong, walking Qi gong, Yan Jing Yi Shen Gong.

Background

Qi gong is a type of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that is thought to be at least 4,000 years old. There are two main types of Qi gong practice: internal and external. Internal Qi gong is a self-directed technique that involves the use of sounds, movements, and meditation. Internal Qi gong actively engages people in their own health and well-being and can be performed with or without the presence of a Master instructor. It may be practiced daily to promote health maintenance and disease prevention. External Qi gong, also known as qi emission, is performed by a Master using his or her hands on a patient with the aim to project qi for the purpose of healing. There are many different styles of performing Qi gong and the Chinese government has reported over 5,000 types.

Qi gong is a type of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that is thought to be at least 4,000 years old. There are two main types of Qi gong practice: internal and external. Internal Qi gong is a self-directed technique that involves the use of sounds, movements, and meditation. Internal Qi gong actively engages people in their own health and well-being and can be performed with or without the presence of a Master instructor. It may be practiced daily to promote health maintenance and disease prevention. External Qi gong, also known as qi emission, is performed by a Master using his or her hands on a patient with the aim to project qi for the purpose of healing. There are many different styles of performing Qi gong and the Chinese government has reported over 5,000 types.

Theory

Qi gong is believed to be beneficial for three principal purposes: spiritual enlightenment, medical care, and martial arts/self-defense. Medical Qi gong can involve internal or external techniques and often includes five steps: meditation, cleansing, recharging/strengthening, circulating, and dispersing qi. Each step includes specific exercises, meditations, and sounds. Qi gong is intended to be harmonious with the natural rhythms of the environment and has been described as 'a way of working with life energy.'

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