Qigong is a term derived from two Chinese words: Qi (or Chi) which means vital energy and Gong which means everyday effort.
Qigong is a wonderful way to maintain internal harmony and to heal oneself. It’s almost as old as China itself, having been practiced for mental and physical health for more than 5,000 years. Westerners are only now finding out the incredible health benefits that this practice can generate and more and more people are realizing its power to lower high blood pressure and relieve pain among many other health problems.
The healing system of Qigong emphasizes synchronizing breathing with every guided visualization and body movement. It is designed to harmonize the sprit, mind, and body which results in optimal health and wellbeing.
In addition, Qigong enhances the flow of blood to the major organs like the endocrine glands, intestines and the brain. This boost in circulation stimulates the release of hormones that enhances stamina and sexual drive. Qigong helps as well in strengthening digestion which leads to easy and healthy bowel movement that in turn promotes the detoxification of the body.
Researchers have shown through brain scans that when a person practices Qigong, he tends to be happy as proven by increased brain activities in his left prefrontal lobes. The research shows that the activities in this area of the brain shows that a person is less infuriated, less upset, and is much happier than before compared to people who don’t practice qigong.
Qigong is generally the act of using Chi or Qi for various purposes such as acquiring happiness and healing. Knowing Qigong is not a difficult task since each of us is born with Qi and each of us have the ability to utilize it as long as it is used to develop and strengthen our Qi.
Emily Farish is a licensed acupuncturist in Spokane, WA with advanced training in modern acupuncture techniques and traditional Asian therapies.