Medical Qigong, one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is a complete system of medicine that recognizes the root causes of symptoms or disease and treats the patient as a whole. It has been used in China for over 4000 years. Practiced as a stand-alone treatment, or as an adjunct to Western medicine, it may successfully treat conditions which Western medicine finds resistant or ambiguous. Medical Qigong has been used successfully to treat difficult, stubborn, and sometimes chronic conditions that do not respond well to other types of medicine. Children, the elderly, people in frail health, and highly sensitive people tend to respond better to Medical Qigong than other TCM modalities. A vast amount of scientific research has been done to document Medical Qigong’s healing effects.
Qigong is broken down to QI = energy, and Gong = the mastery of the energy. The Medical Qigong Practitioner uses specific techniques that use the knowledge of the body’s internal and external energy fields. The goal of Medical Qigong is to correct bio-energetic imbalances and blockages in the body that accumulate throughout our lifetime. These include poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injuries, surgery, toxic influences, suppression of emotions and aging. Medical Qigong therapy enables the body to return to its natural state of health and harmony. Pain and stress may be relieved and hormones regulated. Deep-seated emotions, which are considered a major root cause of illness within Traditional Chinese Medicine, may be purged and released. This strengthens the body and regulates the internal organs, the nervous system, and the immune system.
Medical Qigong consists of specific techniques that use 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. The Medical Qigong therapist uses energetic healing protocols on the client to purge toxic emotions from the body’s tissues, eliminate energetic stagnation, as well as strengthen and balance the internal organs. Like Chinese Medicine, Medical Qigong views all diseases as a manifestation of an underlying imbalance.
Yoga integrates with holistic medicine as it has been found treat the whole person. Yoga therapy increases flexibility and stamina, improves pain and anxiety and enhances the immune system. Yoga therapy focuses not only on physical health, but wellness of the mind and emotions.