What is Qigong?

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Medical Qigong Therapy

Qigong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China.  Qi means "Life-force energy" and gong means "skill," so Qigong (pronounced Chigong) is the skillful practice of gathering, circulating, and applying life-force energy.  It uses breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy or Qi and leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind.  The primary goal is to purge toxic emotions from within the body's tissues, eliminate energetic stagnations, as well as strengthen and balance the internal organs and energetic fields.

All living bodies generate an external field of energy called Wei Qi(pronounced "whey chee"),

which translates as "protective energy." The definition of Wei Qi in Medical Qigong is slightly

different than that of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In classical TCM texts, the Wei Qi

field is seen to be limited to the surface of the body, circulating within the tendon and muscle

tissues. In Medical Qigong, however, the Wei Qi field also includes the three external layers of

the body's auric and subtle energy fields. This energy originates from each of the internal

organs and radiates through the external tissues. There the Wei Qi forms an energy field that

radiates from the entire physical body. This field of Qi protects the body from the invasion of

external pathogens and communicates with, as well as interacts with, the surrounding universal

and environmental energy fields.

Both internal and external pathogenic factors affect the structural formation of the Wei Qi.

The internal factors include suppressed emotional influences (such as anger and grief from

emotional traumas). The external factors include environmental influences when they are too

severe or chronic, such as Cold, Damp, Heat or Wind, etc. Physical traumas also affect the Wei Qi field.

Any negative interchange affects the Wei Qi by literally creating holes within the matrix of the individual's external energetic fields. When left unattended, these holes leave the body vulnerable to penetration, and disease begins to take root in the body. Strong emotions, in the form of toxic energy, become trapped within the body's tissues when we hold back or do not integrate our feelings. These unprocessed emotions block the natural flow of Qi, thus creating stagnant pools of toxic energy within the body.

The body has an energy field that is composed of energetic lines called meridians and channels.  Energetic blockages in these channels cause imbalances in the energy field, which can lead to dis-ease.   A free flow of energy is needed in the body and energy system for good health and well-being.

Medical Qigong consists of specific techniques that uses the knowledge of the body's internal and external energy fields to purge, tonify, and balance these energies. Medical Qigong therapy offers patients a safe and effective way to rid themselves of toxic pathogens and years of painful emotions that otherwise, can cause mental and physical illness. This therapy combines breathing techniques with movement, creative visualization, and spiritual intent to improve health, personal power, and control over one's own life.