Chinese Energetic Medicine (aka Chinese Medical Qigong)
Qigong is practically unheard of in the West even though it is the oldest (over 5000 years old) of the four branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Here’s a good example:
Try asking a room of over 100 people to raise their hands if they’ve heard of yoga. I bet nearly everyone will raise their hands.
Now ask the same people if they’ve heard of Tai Chi and I bet nearly everyone will raise their hands.
Finally, ask the same people if they’ve heard of Qigong. I bet very few people raise their hands.
Four Branches of TCM
QiGong provides the energetic foundation from which the other four branches of TCM practice:
- Acupuncture and Moxibustion
- Herbal Medicine
- Bone Setting and Massage Therapy
- Chinese Medical Qigong
By the way, Laura integrates components of all of these in her sessions with you.
“Gong” (pronounced gung, as in lung) means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement.
Medical QiGong Therapy (MQT) consists of regulating the body’s three external Wei Qi fields (physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual), and the four internal fields of life-force energy (Wind of Nurturing Qi, Sea of Blood, Sea of Marrow and the center core Taiji Pole). I know this is a lot of info to take in and there is literally chapters that discuss these.
QiGong is a Practice of Healing
The objectives of healing disease in Medical Qigong training are as follows:
First, Purge and eliminate Internal Pathogenic Factors (the accumulation of excessive emotions such as anger, grief, worry, fear, etc) as well as External Pathogenic Factors (the invasion of Cold, Hot, Damp, etc., from the environment).
Second, Tonify and Increase or Decrease the patient’s relative Qi levels as needed to counteract the Deficient or Excess condition within the internal organs and channels.
Third, Regulate and balance the patient’s Yin and Yang energy, and bringing the body back into harmony. (Yin and Yang energy will be discussed in future posts)
Click purging lungs of grief to see a video of Laura purging the lungs from grief.
Gigong is a Practice of Movement
QiGong is also a practice of “movement” or “exercise” combining gentle external movements (sort of like Tai Chi – but easier), co-ordinated with the breathing, performed in a meditative state of mind. There are many different schools and styles of Qigong.
Click here for a youtube of the Daoist Five Ying QiGong exercise.
There are literally 100s of various movements which Laura is familiar with. This youtube will give you and idea of how easy it is.
Forte of QiGong
The forte of Qigong is 2 fold:
- It removes blockages to the harmonious flow of energy through the ‘energy streams’ or meridians of your body thus restoring Yin Yang Harmony. Whether these blockages are physical, emotional, mental or spiritual in origin makes little difference to the effectiveness of Qigong.
- Once energy blockages are removed, Qigong can then increase the flow of energy through the meridians promoting vitality and longevity.
QiGong requires zero athleticism or investment in equipment. It is easier to learn than Tai Chi and less strenuous than Yoga.
If you have 10-15 minutes a day you can practice this ancient energy art.
And in case you were wondering. Qigong and Chi Kung are just different spellings of the same thing.
Qigong and Youth
Why Is Childhood An Ideal Time To Start Practicing Qigong?
We are living at a time that in order to succeed in anything, we need to start early. Such as starting at seventeen or eighteen – not bad! How about twelve or thirteen – even better!! What about four or five – excellent!!!
As a practitioner of Qigong and knowing its advantages and benefits, I regret that I wasn’t aware of it when I was in my youth.
Please click QiGong for Children for a Youtube
Childhood is the Best Age to Start
QiGong works with qi or chi (life energy). All living things are made up of qi.
When youth learn to harness their qi energy, it can enable them to not only treat their own illnesses (i.e. colds/allergies), but to prevent them, be more relaxed, alert, have better concentration and memory.
Studies from China show that children who practice Qigong are hardly sick, obese, depressed, withdrawn, arrogant, or stingy. Children who practice QiGong are very good students, friendly, compassionate, alert, flexible and have plenty of self esteem.
So Why is Childhood the Best Time to Start QiGong?
Here are a few major reasons:
- Children learn much quicker
- Children are much more responsive to energy.
- Children’s qi energy is purer. In Chinese medicine, they are often referred to as “chun yang” or pure yang, meaning that they are unspoilt, innocent, natural, less materialistic, less prone to stress caused by daily living, they are more intuitive and their reactions are quicker.
- There bodies are in better condition too, all their systems and organs function better, their joints bear less weight therefore are not overused and damaged, they are much more flexible (which some styles require), their liver and stomach are unharmed by alcohol, lungs by cigarettes, hearts and arteries unclogged
Who wouldn’t want to have a healthy child of eighteen, who is happy, stress free, intelligent, not interested in drugs and alcohol, have no tendency to argue and constantly prove being right, who knows what he or she wants in life, realize their full potential, choose to do what they love most and fully concentrate on it, making themselves and everyone around them happier.
Unlike many other practices (skating, hockey, dance, music) that parents involve their daughters and sons in, Qigong can take up as little as twenty minutes a day, leaving plenty of time for other things.
Yet, it can greatly assist achieving higher levels of other chosen activities, be it sport, music, art. So many kids would be great athletes, but due to illness, they never had a chance to compete. Qigong could give them that chance.
Thousands of cases from China demonstrate that, on the other hand, many of those who were not sick and who did compete, after practicing Qigong performed much better, improved their coordination, made less mistakes or showed a tendency not to worry about them when they make them (very important in sports), could concentrate better and so on.
Or those, who are into the arts, experienced a surge of inspiration and their creativity improved ten fold. Some find they can express themselves easier, say more by saying less and enjoy the whole process of creating.
Children are our Future
Children are our future and Qigong can keep them healthier and happier. If there is as little as one less sick or angry person in the world, it would be a better place. Qigong so far has helped millions, so to be the ten million and first.