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1. Qigong Overview: – Etymology: Qigong combines “qì” (vital energy) and “gōng” (cultivation/practice). – History and Origins: Roots in ancient Chinese culture for over 2,000 […]

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1. Qigong Overview:
– Etymology: Qigong combines “qì” (vital energy) and “gōng” (cultivation/practice).
– History and Origins: Roots in ancient Chinese culture for over 2,000 years, blending various traditions like Taoist, Confucian, and martial arts.
– Forms: Includes dynamic, meditative, internal, and external practices.
– Traditional and Classical Theory: Five distinct traditions in China, focusing on cultivating and balancing qi.
– Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism: Each tradition’s focus within qigong practice.

2. Development and Regulation:
– Qigong Boom (1949-1999): Popularity surge, leading to the formation of the National Qigong Science and Research Organization.
– Control and Crackdown: Chinese government’s enforcement of control in 1999, regulating public practice through associations and banning certain groups.
– Contemporary Qigong: Shift towards health benefits, traditional medicine, and scientific perspectives.
– Clinical Research: Ongoing studies on various medical conditions and health effects, with a focus on evidence-based practices.
– Challenges: Small sample sizes, standardization issues, and practitioner skill impact on study outcomes.

3. Health Benefits and Scientific Research:
– Health Benefits: Stress reduction, improved cardiovascular health, pain management, cancer treatment support, and mental health benefits.
– Scientific Research: Systematic reviews, efficacy studies, and exploration of qigong for primary disease prevention.
– Global Recognition: Integration into complementary and alternative medicine, recognition by health organizations like the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

4. Qigong in Traditional Chinese Medicine:
– Integral part of TCM: Used for preventive healthcare and healing, incorporating TCM principles.
– Healing Practices: Traditional Chinese healers’ use of qigong in treatment plans.
– Balance Restoration: Believed to restore qi balance in the body, following TCM theories like yin and yang and meridians.

5. Notable Figures and Integration in Healthcare:
– Notable Figures: Historical figures like Ge Hong, modern influencers like S. N. Goenka, authors, researchers, and experts in qigong.
– Integration in Healthcare: Use in CAM, supportive cancer care, hypertension management, holistic health approaches, and increasing interest within healthcare systems.

Qigong (Wikipedia)

Qigong (/ˈˈɡɒŋ/), is a system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation said to be useful for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed by the Chinese and throughout Asia as a practice to cultivate and balance the mythical life-force qi.

Meister Lam in Jiuzhaiguo, Sichuan
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese氣功
Simplified Chinese气功
Vietnamese name
Vietnamesekhí công
Chữ Hán氣功
Korean name
Japanese name

Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. People practice qigong throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventive medicine, self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation, self-cultivation, and training for martial arts.

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