The word “Qi” means air or energy. The word “Gong” means work. The word “Medical” is self-explanatory. What is not so apparent is how we apply Qigong in a Medical context?
Medical Qigong was developed over 2’000 years ago by ‘Hua Tuo’ who was the physician to the King. Hua Tuo created the 5 Animal Qigong, the first Medical Qigong form. Its primary objectives were prevention, recovery and rehabilitation. Chinese medicine recognises stagnation caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, environmental factors and suppressed or excessive emotions as the primary sources of pathogenetic stress and illness. Medical Qigong provides a powerful tool to deal with these challenges.
The principle of Medical Qigong rests on the fundamental belief that all illness arises from imbalance and stagnation in energetic patterns. It is used to treat these disorders as a preventative medicine by restoring and adjusting energetic balances, breaking through stagnation bringing unimpeded flow and circulation back to the body. These are the benefits of Medical Qigong.
Medical Qigong is becoming extremely important in the world as healthcare costs rise, economies are shrinking and the fear of disease is rising. People around the world are waking up to the need to find alternative preventative medicine in order to sustain, protect and enhance their health, well-being and longevity. The Medical Qigong that was used anciently can treat various disorders today.