Qigong

Qigong

Qigong, which is pronounced “chee-gong,” originated in China thousands of years ago. Today, it is rapidly becoming a popular form of alternative healing therapy in the United States. Qigong comprises a number of exercises and postures that utilize meditation, slow, arching movements, focused breathing, and self-massage. There are a number of different types of qigong, which can be used to achieve spiritual, physical, or medical goals. For instance, tai chi is a type of qigong that is used as a method of exercise to improve strength and muscle tone. Kung fu, a well-known martial art, is more intense and can help to improve cardiovascular health. One thing that all methods of qigong have in common is a focus on strengthening mental capacity and directing the body’s energy, known as chi, to specific parts of the body. According to Chinese philosophy, chi is an essential component in the maintenance of balance within the body.

Benefits

Qigong has a number of important benefits on the mind and body. It has long been viewed as a method of achieving relaxation both mentally and physically. It helps to improve circulation and relieve pain, both chronic and acute. In China, it is widely practiced in healthcare facilities as a method of restoring health. In the United States, it is viewed as a complementary therapy to conventional medicine. Some experts believe that qigong can assist the body in its natural healing processes and help to relieve, and in some cases, reverse the symptoms of health conditions.

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Research

Qigong has been evaluated scientifically. In a study that lasted twenty years, participants were given drugs to help maintain blood pressure. As a result, all participants experienced a drop in blood pressure. However, within the group of participants that practiced qigong, blood pressure eventually stabilized, which meant that they were less reliant on hypertension drugs. Members of the control group, on the other hand, eventually experienced an increase in blood pressure and required more drugs. Other proven benefits of qigong include: increased vitality and endurance, stronger immune system, reduced stress, improvements in circulatory, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, and lymphatic functions. People who practice qigong are also less likely to experience falls that may result in injury.

Precautions

Qigong is mostly viewed as a safe practice. There are few risks involved in practicing qigong. However, in general, certain groups should take precautions and speak to their doctors before engaging in qigong. For instance, the elderly, individuals who have not exercised in a long time, and individuals suffering from medical conditions such as osteoporosis should consult a physician before engaging in qigong. Qigong should not be viewed as a replacement for conventional medicine. It is a complementary therapy, which means that it is meant to enhance the effectiveness of Western medical treatments. As with other forms of physical activity, it is advisable not to eat immediately before practicing qigong. In addition, you should not practice qigong if you are fatigued or are experiencing an infection.