Qigong is the ancient art of maintenance and healing that originated several thousand years ago in China. Qigong (pronounced “chee gong”) embodies two principles, Qi the vital energy of the body and Gong the practice and training of the Qi.
At its most fundamental level, Qigong practice addresses the two main causes of illness according to Traditional Chinese Medical theory: Qi deficiency and stagnation. Deficiency is indicated by chronic illness, and stagnation is most often associated with pain. However, Qigong does more than help people to become or stay physically healthy. The third, intentful adjustment in Qigong practice (besides adjusting the posture/body and the breath) involves the mind. Basically, this adjustment of the mind is spiritual Qigong. Interestingly, this is the part of Qigong that can have the most profound effect.
It is generally known that Qigong practice is beneficial to people’s and can prevent disease, but it is less known, even in China, that Qigong may be an effective way to treat various diseases, including chronic and degenerative. Although most Qigong styles bring some health benefits, Medical Qigong has been specifically developed for the purpose of treatment and cure of disease.